Same of you may love it and same of you are probably asking what in the heck it is and/or how you pronounce it.
Gnocchi (pronounced noki/no-key) is a soft dumpling. It can be made from flour, semolina, potatoes, or various other similar ingredients.
We had only eaten gnocchi twice in our lives before this dinner. The first time was a few years ago when we bought it but had no idea what to do with it. It was kind of flavorless and awful. The second time was at a restaurant in Des Moines named Lucca. They served their gnocchi with a sage butter and it was mind blowing. This was a much more pleasant experience and made us want to try it again at home. When we saw this recipe from Rachel Ray, we knew it was the perfect meal to give home cooked gnocchi another try. After eating this dinner, it’s safe to say gnocchi will now be a regular purchase in our home!
Crispy Gnocchi Pesto with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Total Time: 25 minutes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 package (16oz) gnocchi (we used potato gnocchi)
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup pre-made pesto
1 package (3.5oz) goat cheese, crumbled
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes; turn and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden all over, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the pesto. Top with the goat cheese.
Holy Crap!!! The gnocchi was crispy on the outside, but super soft on the inside. All of the ingredients were so good together! Just think about this for a minute:
Tomatoes, pesto, and goat cheese. Those all go great together.
Now add some crispy, pan-fried potato dumplings to the mix. AHHHHH!!!!! Could. Not. Stop. Eating. This.
If you have never tried gnocchi before, this is the recipe that you should use when you are ready to try it. And if you have had gnocchi before, it was probably cooked by boiling the dumplings. I’m telling you…the crispy pan-fried gnocchi will change your life!!!
Have you had gnocchi before?