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Serves: 8


110 g (4 oz) butter (not spreadable), plus extra for greasing
1.3 kg (3 lbs) medium-sized ‘named’ potatoes such as Maris Piper, peeled
1 tsp salt, plus extra for par cooking potatoes

Rosti Timbales

Oh so tasty and oh so easy! These little potato mounds have a crispy golden exterior and a soft centre. Just the job for entertaining as there’s nothing to do at the last minute and they can be made days in advance. Very good with game, roast meats and fish.


1.Grease 8 non-stick mini pudding basins (6 fl oz capacity; 3in inside diameter x 2in deep) with butter, and line the bases with a disc of baking paper. Set aside.
2.Cut very large potatoes in half. Leave small and medium ones whole. Bring the potatoes up to the boil in cold salted water and simmer for 8 minutes. They will be uncooked in the middle. Drain and leave for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Melt the butter. Grate the potatoes into a large bowl using the coarsest side of a box grater, the julienne strip attachment of a processor or a mandolin. Add the butter and salt and gently mix together well.
3.Divide the mixture between the pudding basins, pressing it into the bottom and levelling the top. I find a thumb easiest for this. If not using the same day, cover and refrigerate.
4.Pre-heat the oven to 220C and cook at the top for 30 - 35 minutes or until crisp and golden down/around the sides of the basins. Leave to stand for a few minutes then loosen all the way round with a non-stick palette knife or spatula and turn out. Or keep warm until required. They will sit happily for half an hour or more.

•   Make to the end of Step 3 up to 5 days in advance (although a week is fine!).

Hints & Tips
•   It’s very important to use good potatoes. Named varieties are far superior to the ones labelled ‘White Potatoes’, ‘Selected Potatoes’ etc. which should be avoided!
•   The timbales are delicious with some cheese hidden in the middle. Having filled the moulds, make a finger width and length hole in the middle, fill with grated cheese and smooth potato over the top to cover and conceal.
•   For smaller timbales just use smaller moulds.

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Associated Products

Mandolin - Julienne & Slicer All-in-One


Tierra Negra Black Round Ovenproof Dish No Handles - Large



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