Monday, May 17, 2010

Gnocchi pan-seared in shallots, garlic...tossed in red grapes and scallion



My kids love potato gnocchi and I hate making it from scratch (what a chore!). I bought these Cucina Fresca gnocchi - prepackaged, fresh and "handmade" from Whole Foods. Just boil them for 3 minutes in salty water - easy, EASY. This take on gnocchi is always a BIG HIT. Pan-sear them in olive oil, garlic and shallots, then toss in red grapes and scallions. The kids, hubby and random visitors LOVE it. One of my favorite dishes of all time. Try this with your standard pasta al dente.
   
***Gnocchi in Shallots, Garlic,
Grapes, Scallion***
1 package of fresh handmade Gnocchi, cooked and strained
1 Shallot, sliced and chopped
4 cloves Garlic, sliced and coarsely chopped
Olive Oil, enough to coat the pan
1 cup of Red Grapes, cut in half
1 bunch Scallion, chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Crushed Red Peppers to Taste
Optional fresh grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese
    
(1) Heat a large pan on high. Lightly coat the pan with oil (I use Olive Oil). Add the Shallots and cooked Gnocchi to the pan (still on High). Let the Gnocchi sear, browning a bit and allow the shallots to soften. Add the Garlic. Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
(2) Slice plump red grapes in half.
(3) Add the grapes to the gnocchi. Toss evenly and transfer to a serving dish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Textures galore. Omg.
(4) Add the chopped Scallion as a garnish on top. Add fresh pepper, a pinch of crushed red pepper and fresh grated pecorino or parmesan (not shown here).
The flavors and textures are INCREDIBLE. Dense chewy (and crispy!) gnocchi with the sweet savory shallots, juicy crunchy grapes, kick of the garlic... One of my faves.
Addendum!
Made the Gnocchi-Grape dish again after posting the above recipe. The following are pictures taken of the chronological process...or chrono-pix. I used sweet onion vs shallots (ran out), but just as delicious! Hubby came home for lunch and the camera was just SITTING there, soooo I picked it up and....








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