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Monday, July 6, 2015

Creamy Baked Gnocchi

It's hard to believe that its been almost 2 months since I last posted. I have been so busy this summer and it is just flying by!! After a busy long weekend with ongoing activities the only thing I wanted to do on Sunday was to rent a couple movies, enjoy some comfort food, and relax. I came up with this amazing baked gnocchi recipe. It's the next best thing, if not better, than mac and cheese. This recipe is especially creamy, cheesy, and indulgent. I'm telling you, the best thing I ever learned to make is a good cheese sauce. This girl loves her cheese, and I use it as a base for so many things!! I usually take the general gist of the recipe and use whatever cheese I have on hand. You can also add so many things to it (like the ham and peas I used in this recipe!). Hope you like it (actually I know you will !!)


Ingredients:
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 ham steak, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (i used pepper jack)
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onions, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Panko bread crumbs
Recipe:
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place chopped onions, cubed ham, and half a bag of frozen peas into a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sautee on medium heat until onions are sauteed and ham is browned.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook for about 2 minutes . Drain the gnocchi, toss with olive oil, then set aside. Return the pot to the stove.
  • In the large pot, melt the butter then add the flour. Wisk until combined. Add milk and cream gradually, whisking to incorporate. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook until it thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cheese gradually, whisking until the cheese is melted.
  • Once cheese sauce is thickened to your liking, add the ham, onion, and pea mixture. Then, stir in gnocchi until everything is coated with the cheese sauce.
  • Place gnocchi cheese mixture in the greased pan.
  • Coat the top of the gnocchi with panko bread crumbs.
  • Drizzle olive oil on the top of the panko bread crumbs.
  • Bake in oven for 15 minutes, then place the dish under broiler for a couple minutes to brown the top.
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