Posted by: Emily | February 13, 2009

Don’t gnocchi Valentine’s Day

Ok, that was silly.  I saw a chef making gnocchi on the Today Show the other day and thought, that looks pretty easy!  So yesterday I decided to give it a try.  It was quite an adventure!  If you don’t know, here is a definition of gnocchi:

Italian for “dumplings,” gnocchi can be made from potatoes, flour or FARINA. Eggs or cheese can be added to the dough, and finely chopped spinach is also a popular addition. Gnocchi are generally shaped into little balls, cooked in boiling water and served with butter and Parmesan or a savory sauce. The dough can also be chilled, sliced and either baked or fried. Gnocchi are usually served as a side dish and make excellent accompaniments for meat or poultry.

I made mine from potatoes and added a little parmesan regianno.  With the gnocchi I made a lamb ragu sauce that smells amazing.  This was all supposed to be for dinner last night but we got a last minute invitation for $1 beers (always a good recipe for a morning headache…ouch) so I stuck the uncooked gnocchi in the freezer and ran out the door.  So now we are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight with some lamb ragu and gnocchi.  I’ll update this post to let you know how it goes!  Here are some pics of the process so far.

Generally Frenchie and I ignore Valentine’s Day but as newlyweds I guess we will acknowledge it.  What are your Valentine’s plans?  



  1. yum! gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes…yours look perfect!

    Trader Joe’s also makes some that are really good…for frozen food anyway!

    Brad and I went to Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday, which was our Vday thing…hiking tomorrow if it’s nice.

    Enjoy the day!

  2. we went to Fenouil! It made me miss everyone, but the food was excellent

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