Friday, April 29, 2011

Blue Gnocchi

While in Hong Kong I did a bit of work at an Italian restaurant/deli/grocer as a marketing coordinator. Seems a bit strange; an American in Hong Kong, working for Italians, with a client base who is 50% French. This gave me a great chance to experience many cultures in one place. One thing which I was happy to learn was the many great Italian dishes and wines. The Italians posses such a great variety of cuisines and wines that it's astounding. Each region of Italy seems to have their own dishes of which they defend to the death.


One dish I found myself ordering almost daily was gnocchi al gorgonola (gnocchi with gorgonzola for those who couldn't make the connection.) This is a simple yet flavorful dish which can be made in about the same amount of time it takes to make a kraft dinner. So if you're cooking for your girlfriend/date/friend just forget the ramen noodles and give this a try, it will be sure to impress.

Ingredients 
1lb gnocchi (homemade or store bought)
150 grams of gorgonzola cheese (about 1/3 of a pound)
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots thinly sliced
1 tablespoon parmigiano reggiano (the real parmesan cheese)
Salt and pepper
A bit of basil

Preparation
  1. Heat pan to medium heatt with olive oil and shallot for 1 minute.
  2. Add gorgonzola and cream and stir until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the parmigiano reggiano, a pinch of salt and pepper and stir until creamy.
  4. Cook gnocchi in a pot of boiling water until they float to the top.
  5. Add cooked gnocchi to the pan with the sauce and toss for 1 minute.
  6. Top with pepper and a bit of basil, serve hot, and enjoy!
That's it, an amazingly easy Italian dish which is a great departure from the classic pasta with ragu, prepared in 10 minutes.

27 comments:

  1. The best thing about working in a place like that is the valuable skills you can learn from different cultures.

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  2. Looks like a really nice dish

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  3. looks like a really yummy dish, might have to try to make this some time

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  4. The Italians sure know how to cook, that looks delicious, thanks!

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  5. mmm tasty! i've just ate and this had made me hungry again!

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  6. mmm. that sounds really good

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  7. this sounds goddamn delightful. I've made gnocchi before from scratch. Its work.

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  8. Don't be deceived by the appearance, it's really delicious!

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  9. Looking fantastico. Now Im really hungry lol.

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  10. ommmmmmmg, mmmmmmmmmmmmm this looks amazing!! I love Italian dishes, maybe I could try this tonight

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  11. i loved hong kong! this makes me want to go back asap

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  12. Looks so good, I love Italian food.

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  13. I haven't eaten dinner and this picture is making me so hungryyyy!

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  14. gnocchi are always tasty and fast!

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  15. im hungry now :(. looks yummy

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  16. I love gnocchi man, with a fillet steak, shallots, little jus, parsnip puree, baby carrots etc etc

    Ahh man, a great dinner..

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  17. It is very likely I will be discussing Gnocchi at least once at my blog - A beautifully sensual food if prepared correctly, normally hand rolled is what gets me... Store bought... actually it hasn't been too bad the last couple times.

    Blue cheese? For me a little too intense. I like strong flavors, but not so pungent.

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  18. Ahh! Excuse me there was no blue cheese - Just inferred it from the title. My mistake.

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  19. There was blue cheese, gorgonzola :)

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  20. I'm from italian origins and it reminds me so many holidays.

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  21. that sounds effing amazing! im literally watering at the mouth haha so hungry now! i cant beleive how little time and preperation it takes as well! thanks for that haha

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  22. This makes me really hungry to just look at.

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