Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Toasted Gnocchi

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One day I'm going to make my own gnocchi from scratch.  That will probably be after basketball and cheerleading, after I get the kids' closets organized, after I sort through those piles in the office....anyway, you get the picture!  For now, it's too easy to buy gnocchi pre-made in the Italian aisle of the grocery store.  They cook so quickly, and many people enjoy them with marinara, pesto, or alfredo.  We love them toasted with grated asiago cheese (no sauce)!  They have a soft and chewy texture that I enjoy.  I love that both kids love them, too!

Ingredients:
  • 1 package store-bought gnocchi
  • roasted garlic grape seed spray, or canola oil
  • asiago cheese wedge, always better freshly grated
Directions:
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over high heat till boiling. 
  2. Add the gnocchi.  After about 2 minutes, they will float to the top.  They're done.  Drain.
  3. Prepare a cast iron skillet or pan over medium high heat.  Remove from heat after about 5 minutes, then spray with oil lightly until the bottom is barely coated.
  4. Place the gnocchi onto the surface, let sit about 3 minutes, turn, and remove from the pan.  They should be browned on each side.
  5. Grate the asiago cheese with a Microplane and serve.
I also love to use gnocchi in place of dumplings in my Chicken and Italian Dumplings recipe.

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