Joy Of Spanish Cooking

Timbal de Vegetables


With this dish, you can’t say that eating vegetables is boring or that vegetables are plain. I love this simple Timbal de Vegetables.(Timbal is Spanish for a drum, because this dish is in the shape of a drum.) Like a lot of my dishes, this one is so quick and easy to make. My top ingredients for this timbal are zucchini, eggplant and onion. You can easily change one or add another vegetable, such as a winter squash since its more seasonal and readily available.

I like to poach an egg on top of the timbal. The runny yolk mixed with the vegetables creates a unique flavor. Yuummy! Don’t forget a piece of bread, because you will need it.

Ingredients for 4:

  • 2 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 eggplant diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 small clove of garlic chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • salt, pepper and olive oil

On medium heat, cook the onion with a drizzle of olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini and the eggplant. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. The vegetables should be tender and a brownish color. Season with salt and pepper.


While the vegetables are cooking, make the poached egg. An easy way to do this is to place the egg in plastic wrap and seal it with an elastic. Cook the egg for 3-4 minutes in boiling water. Remove from the heat and cut the wrap.

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Place the egg on top of the vegetables.

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Serve warm and…

Bon profit!


16 thoughts on “Timbal de Vegetables”

  1. Delicious …. I love this mix of veggies and I’m interested that timbal is drum in Spanish – in French the word is Timbale and we make timbales de legumes too but slighly differently and I rather think I will prefer your way (particularly with the poached egg … any excuse to poach an egg in my world!). Bon degustation to you 🙂

      1. By the way …. Do you use cling film or an ordinary plastic food bag for your poachies? I’ve done them in cling film and they work well so long as you remember to oil first 😉

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Timbal de Vegetables

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