Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baked Gnocchi & Cheese

Baked Gnocchi & Cheese
Sorry about these pictures, guys. It was all gross and rainy and fall-like outside when I made this yum yum yummy side dish and it impeded my light. But I had to share this recipe with you soooo we shall have to muddle through these photos! Remember, it tastes much better than the pics look!
Baked Gnocchi & Cheese
I absolutely love homemade ricotta gnocchi-it's insanely easy to make. However, I hadn't really had anything to make the gnocchi for UNTIL I SAW THIS RECIPE! You can totally use store-bought gnocchi, but really...it takes nothing to make the homemade. And I just adooore the pillowy texture and perfect flavor of it. Regardless, let's chat about the dish as a whole and not just the noodles!
Baked Gnocchi & Cheese
This is essentially a recipe for a small mac'n'cheese-like dish (which is actually lovely because so many of my mac and cheese recipes make way too much for me to eat on my own!) You make a lovely sauce with delicious gruyere (sorta like fancy cheddar?) and fontina (sorta like Parmesan) cheeses. Then it's topped with some Parmesan cheese which-when baked-becomes wonderfully golden brown and a bit crisp-a much needed contrasting texture from the soft gnocchi and rich sauce. It's cheesy and flavorful and like an Italian'd up macaroni and cheese! I absolutely loved it and I think you will too :) A great recipe to serve when having people over for dinner!

 Baked Gnocchi & Cheese

Adapted slightly from Noble Pig

Baked Gnocchi & Cheese
Serves 5
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. gnocchi (purchased or homemade)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded/grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional-fresh basil leaves, parsley, or chives-to garnish

Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a 1 and 1/2 qt. shallow baking dish (or 7"x11" casserole dish) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prepare gnocchi according to directions. Drain and place in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds-until fragrant.
  • Whisk in flour until smooth and bubbly.
  • Add milk and whisk until it is slightly thickened and bubbly, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Gruyere and Fontina cheeses, a small handful at a time, waiting until they completely melt before adding the next handful. Once all is melted season to taste.
  • Pour the sauce evenly over the gnocchi. Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.
  • Bake until golden brown and bubbly-about 25 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Baked Gnocchi & Cheese
Seriously....that gnocchi...all that cheese. Who can resist!?

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