OK, here come the photos showing how we finished making the timpano last night!
NOTE: I really messed up here because I forgot to add the 4 beaten eggs at this point, and that certainly contributed to our issues with solidity once it was done!
So, how was it? Well, it was quite tasty . . . but A. and I are both rather critical people, and we thought up a bunch of changes we would make! (Did you really think I could leave it at "it was quite tasty"?)
I was happy with it, but it needed WAY more sauce and WAY more cheese. When we reheat pieces for leftovers, I am totally going to top them with jarred sauce and thick mozzarella slices. Yeah!
I wish it was more solid, but that is partially my fault for forgetting the egg near the end. I thought it would be more like some sort of giant pie/dumpling with meatloaf consistency and some noodles thrown in, but it was very noodley. More like a pasta dish with a bit of crispy crust. The meatballs were not helped in the final melding, unfortunately. However, the hard boiled eggs were an extra nice touch!
A. was particularly disappointed; he could tell along the way that the proportions weren't what he imagined, and he could just not forgive those meatballs! He agreed about it needing MORE sauce and cheese!
If/when we make this again, we have decided to experiment and make it however we want with all kinds of crazy combos! But see, I made the official recipe, so now I'm allowed to play. :) I also think a dessert version of this would rule -- cake bits, brownies, custard, pudding, ice cream, chocolate chips, cookie dough, brioche, etc. etc. etc. all in a giant pie crust bowl of awesome -- that's what I'm talking about!!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed our crazy project! Who knows what we'll make next . . . . :)