I decided to buy gnocchi this afternoon when shopping, and boy was that a good idea! I just finished eating one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.
It’s a simple dish too, requires a bit of prep, but is otherwise hard to mess up. It’s a very starchy and thus rather heavy dish, something I would normally not make, but for a once in a while dinner, it is more than worth it.
What you’ll need:
-Gnocchi-I like mine a bit tougher, with more texture than the traditional melt in your mouth Italian version. I like to bite into the individual gnocchi…
-Sweet potato(or squash)
-Fresh parsley and thyme
-A bulb of garlic
-Pumpkin seeds and pecans(or walnuts. Even almonds could work here)
The steps to savoring the finished dish:
1- roast the garlic. Heat your toaster oven, or regular oven to 350°. Wrap garlic bulb in aluminum foil with olive oil, and if you want, thyme. This will take a little while, so do this before hand. It could take anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes.
2- Toast your pumpkin seeds and pecans. In this case I added them to the pan I was using to roast the garlic, after the garlic had been there for quite a while. Your seeds and nuts will only need about 5 min.
3-Finely cut some parsley, and ready your thyme. Shave your Parmesan and get your olive oil ready. When garlic and nuts are finished cooking, add them to a food processor with Parmesan, olive oil, parsley and thyme. Blend.
4-Slice your sweet potato into thin slices that will cook quickly when heated. Boil water, heat sauteing pan, boil gnocchi, saute the sweet potato in olive oil and thyme, and when the gnocchi rises to the top of your water, take them out and saute them with potato.
5-After a quick saute, mix in your blended herbs, nuts and cheese, add some olive oil, more Parmesan, and season to taste.
That’s it. Serve and enjoy.