When You Want to Make a Smaller Timpano
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It’s no problem if you want to make a smaller Timpano. You can still use the same Timpano recipe and just create a smaller version by using a smaller baking pan or bowl.
Of course, this means you’ll be left with extra meatballs, Italian sausage, and pasta after you build your Timpano. But that’s OK. It just means you can make other delicious dishes like baked mostacolli, meatball bombers, and meatpies — all of which freeze well.
Before we found our favorite Timpano bowl, we tried a variety of smaller baking dishes — all that worked well but just made smaller portions.
Non-Stick Springform Pan. When we first started making Timpano, we used a springform pan because we worried about the crust sticking. Turns out it wasn’t a problem. If you use enough Crisco/butter to grease your pan or Timpano bowl, you don’t need to worry about that.
Another reason we liked the springform pan in the beginning was because, with the pan, we didn’t have to flip the Timpano over to release it from the baking dish. The stainless springform buckle allows for a smooth, easy release.
We continued to use this non-stick springform cake pan for many years. As for size of pan, we tried several over the years and prefer the 10-inch springform pan.
4.5 Quart Soup Pot. As we looked to make taller Timpanos like in the movie, we turned to the LeCreuset 4.5 Quart Soup Pot. We really like this enameled cast iron pot because it offers even heat distribution and superior heat retention. Plus it has handy side handles for easy transport in and out of the oven.