Last night was another one of those nights when Gary had a late lunch which means no dinner for him. This means I need to figure out what I want for dinner which I hate. It is always so much easier to make whatever Gary is craving. But he wasn’t craving anything, so I was on my own. This is how that works. I stare in the fridge forever. If I were a child, my parents would be screaming at me to close the door. But I can’t as my mind is racing. What can I make from this hodgepodge of stuff? Ah, arugula, I’ll make a salad. Gnocchi, what should I do with that? I pull those two items from the fridge and head to the pantry.
I will not have to stare long because now I have to focus on salad and gnocchi. Gluten-free bread crumbs, hhhmmmmmm? Should I try something new or just heat some sauce? Gnocchi with red sauce is good, but I think I need to shake it up. I grab the bread crumbs and start making my dinner.
Crunchy Gnocchi Bites
This is super simple to do, and there are multiple ways to serve these crispy and tender little gems.
Gnocchi, store-bought package (1.1 lb package)
1 1/2 cups Gluten-free breadcrumbs
Before I get to the how I want to explain the why. Why did I use gluten-free breadcrumbs? I am not gluten sensitive, and in fact, the gnocchi has wheat flour in it, so why? Well, its because I have found that if you want a serious crunch factor, go with rice flour bread crumbs. They are like little pearls of crunch and do not absorb as much of the frying oil. Not to mention the crunch lasts a long time when served fresh. Ok, back to the recipe.
Boil the gnocchi as the package describes. Drain off the water placing the gnocchi in a strainer. Place the breadcrumbs in a medium size bowl and then add in the drained gnocchi, Use your hands to toss and separate the gnocchi allowing each piece to get fully coated.
Using the same pan that you used to boil the pasta, place back on medium-high heat and add about a quarter inch of olive oil. Allow oil to get hot.
Gently place individual gnocchis in the oil. Do not crowd. When they appear golden brown flip them over using a couple forks or skewers. Watch closely so they do not burn. It took about 2-3 minutes per side. Place the crisped gnocchi on a paper towel to drain and start again until they are all cooked.
What you do with these little bundles of deliciousness is up to you. Last night I put them on my bowl of arugula with some parmesan cheese and olive oil and lemon. You can also serve as an appetizer with some Marinara for dipping or you can also make a Pesto dipping sauce. You could even add a gnocco to a Caprese skewer drizzled with a Balsamic Glaze. It is up to you, but have fun and enjoy.
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One Last Thing: Soursop Nectar
I am obsessed with Soursop nectar that I get at Costco right now. It is tropical fruit nectar that is not super sweet or very acidic. They describe the taste like a blend of tropical pear and crisp apple. I agree but would also include a hint of banana in the flavor as well. The texture is smooth and a bit creamy. I love it. “They say” that it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Great taste and good for you. Win-win!
Well, folks, that is all for now.