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iamnowawhaticallmother Thu 09-May-13 14:08:01

I am OBSESSED with Gnocchi. It is my absolute favourite food. Began obsession when served it in Rome in a simple tomato sauce - couldn't have been more simple. The best thing I have ever eaten. Obviously that was fresh Gnocchi.

So I have three questions...
1/ Have you come across any good fresh or dried Gnocchi at any of the major supermarkets?
2/ What can you have with Gnocchi that isn't tomato sauce/ chopped tomatoes or Pesto?
3/ Any general Gnocchi tips?!

Anyone else out there as obsessed as me?

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 12:56:15

that sounds unbelievable - mmmm.....

thestringcheesemassacre Fri 10-May-13 13:01:54

I do one with bacon lardons, chives, watercress, creme fraiche parmesan and some lemon zest. I love the Gnocchi

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 13:04:47

right! lunch time. i'm off to make Gnocchi.

MildredH Fri 10-May-13 13:12:15

Oh god. Was just thinking about some lunch and now can think of nothing but gnocchi!

My favourite is with Gorgonzola ( I use dolce latte) and spinach. Basically just those with some cream and lots of black pepper.. Ooh what I'd do for some. Off limits tho as up duffed. hmm Enjoy!

Lulabellarama Fri 10-May-13 13:39:33

MildredH - You can have blue cheese cooked! Go get yourself some.

ScienceRocks Fri 10-May-13 14:23:13

I don't find gnocchi too messy to make. The DDs (aged 6 and 3) have spent many a happy Sunday afternoon making them. Love them! They freeze well (uncooked) too and can be cooked from frozen so are great for a quick and easy meal.

iamnowawhaticallmother Fri 10-May-13 14:28:38

Gorgonzola my favourite.

dontmixthecolours Fri 10-May-13 14:34:56

It's gorgeous fried in garlic oil with a steak. Yum

Annunziata Fri 10-May-13 15:27:56

I have never been able to find shop bought gnocchi that is the proper size, it is all far too big.

Apart from tomato sauce, I like best to cook onion, garlic, broccoli, currants and some cooking water from the gnocchi, and then just turn the heat up really high and add the gnocchi when the water evaporates.

The DC like gnocchi with a chicken and pepper sauce too.

MildredH Fri 10-May-13 18:24:05

Lulubell- REALLY? this is a revelation! Saturday nights supper is sorted. DH is away for the night & doesn't share the gnocchi love with me!

Teapot13 Mon 13-May-13 14:37:33

I never had much success making my own but these with ricotta are simple and delicious. Oddly DD doesn't like them, though.

ShowOfHands Mon 13-May-13 14:42:50

One of 20mo ds's first two word combinations was ''sagne gnocchi'. It's one of his favourite foods. Obviously the same as lasagne but with gnocchi instead of the pasta sheets.

We love gnocchi and actually buy it from aldi now.

daisydoodoo Mon 13-May-13 14:48:20

dd1 loves gnocci. Her favourite is with fresh green pesto and shaved parmesan.
other favourites are the tomato and marscapone sauce (usually cheat and buy the ones in the chiller at supermarket), or just melted butter with garlic and sage leaves.
I once made a sauce with butternut squash, and rosemary, this was blended and smooth and then bacon lardons fried and mixed in. i lost the recipe and have never been able to make i the same since. I could really eat some gnocci right now.

fuzzpig Mon 13-May-13 15:42:52

Aww SOH that's cute grin my first two word combo was "more cheese" grin (I've not changed much in 26 years, clearly...)

I have gnocchi in the fridge with a pot of arrabbiata sauce <lazy>

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 13-May-13 21:08:23

Oh yes, Aldi's cost 89p or some such. smile

lolalotta Tue 14-May-13 17:57:40

I've never tried it!?!

Merguez Tue 14-May-13 20:29:32

sage butter - all you need

iamnowawhaticallmother Tue 21-May-13 11:18:01

I can not find sage butter anywhere! It sounds gorgeous.

They do lovely small gnocchi in Waitrose.

Thank you for all your suggestions. Yesterday I made 2 steak medallions, some Asparagus and fried the gnocchi in garlic oil as you suggested. Was delicious!!

Am going to try other suggestions too!

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Tue 21-May-13 11:59:40

Sage butter -= butter with sage in it. You just tear a few leaves and lob it in.

iamnowawhaticallmother Tue 21-May-13 15:48:21

ah I see... i thought it was some fancy thing.

sarahandduck Tue 21-May-13 21:12:59

I can recommend Nigella's mustard pork chops served with gnocchi as she suggests. We had it is divine!

happybubblebrain Tue 21-May-13 21:16:30

Try it with gorgonzola and baked pears. Sounds weird but the taste blows your head off.

marriednotdead Tue 21-May-13 21:24:21

Have only ever stirred it into a strong cheese/garlicky sauce and finished it off in the oven. Had it like this in a little deli with just a couple of tables in Sorrento, 'twas heavenly <drools>

WeAreEternal Sat 25-May-13 15:51:25

Gnocchi mac and cheese is very popular in our house.

Iwantmybed Sat 25-May-13 16:10:10

I have it with roasted pepper and tomato sauce mixed with soft cheese. But now started to use it instead of pasta with Bolognaise and chilli.

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