Stitch and Bear

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sage Butter Gnocchi

I was late home this evening and the last thing I wanted to do was spend another 30 -60 mins cooking. I had thought about dinner a lot on the long drive home, but I was still undecided as I neared home. At this point I was (thankfully) hit by a bolt of inspiration. A quick stop-off at Tesco and I had a bag of fresh gnocchi and a packet of sage leaves.

Once I got home, I put a generous pot of salted water on the boil. I warmed up a little olive oil in my cast iron skillet and gently sauteed some finely sliced garlic. I shredded about 5-7 sage leaves and added them to the oil so that they would cook through (uncooked sage is very bitter and unpleasant). As the garlic and sage was cooking, I added a lump of butter and let it melt down and cook with the garlic and sage.

Once added to the boiling water, the fresh gnocchi cooks quite quickly. Keep an eye on it - the pieces will gradually rise from the bottom to the top of the water. Give it about 10 sec after they have all risen and then drain. Quickly toss the gnocchi in the butter and pour onto a plate. Add some parmesan and season to taste.

Buon Appetito!

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