Gnocchi is an Italian pasta, with the most common being the classic potato gnocchi.
The word gnocchi may be derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca, meaning knuckle.
They are made of cooked mashed potatoes, flour and eggs. Some gnocchi recipes add ricotta to the dough.
Gnocchi are usually eaten as a first course, but they can also be served as a side dish to a main course.
How To Prepare Gnocchi
Gnocchi are commonly cooked on their own in salted boiling water for about 4 to 5 minutes and then dressed with a sauce.
With the ridges that gnocchi are given when made from scratch, sauces are better able to stick or cling to it.
Gnocchi can be served simply, with melted butter and grated Parmesan cheese, or in a more complex preparation such as tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella.
It also happens to be delicious with a mixture of bacon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and a Alfredo sauce made with white cheddar cheese.
Bacon Vegetable Alfredo Gnocchi
6 strips of bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons bacon fat *see note below
1 package classic potato gnocchi
1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, sliced thin
1/2 cup broccoli florets, chopped small
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
1 cup Alfred sauce +see note below
* when bacon is cooked save 3-4 tablespoons fat and discard the rest of the fat
+ made with white cheddar – prepare a basic Alfredo sauce but replace Parmesan cheese with white sharp cheddar
Alfredo Sauce with White Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cups white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Combine the butter and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted. Remove the pan from the heat.
Next, stir cheese into the cream sauce. Stir continuously until cheese melts and mixed in. Sauce should be lightly thick. Set aside.
Instructions for Bacon Vegetable Alfredo Gnocchi
In a medium pan over medium heat, add chopped bacon and cook until just crisp.
Remove bacon from skillet and lay out over towels to soak any remaining grease and set aside.
With the same skillet remove all of the bacon fat but 1 tablespoon.
Next add the potato gnocchi and fry about 5 minutes or until the dumplings start to brown.
Remove browned gnocchi from pan to a plate and set aside.
In the small skillet add 1 tablespoon of bacon grease. Next add the chopped vegetables, garlic powder and black pepper.
Sauté for 4-5 minutes and remove from heat.
Next add the vegetables, gnocchi and bacon to a medium cast iron skillet.
Add Alfredo sauce to skillet and mix in well.
Place skillet into preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Next take skillet and place under high heat broiler for 2 minutes.
Caution: Be careful not to burn the baked dish. You only want to lightly toast the gnocchi .
Next remove skillet from broiler and on stove top.
Skillet should plate 4 servings.
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