Friday, July 8, 2016

Caramelized Onion Gnocchi

Caramelized Onion Gnocchi

Sometimes we just cook things the way we have seen or eaten all the time. Usually we don't go to Italian restaurants as is hard to find a good one and the ones for the commons, like me, just offer a very simple menu. All my life I have eaten and cooked gnocchi with tomato sauce, meat sauce or cream and mushrooms but that is all.

Gnocchi and I have a long history, though. It was a celebration dish at my home when I was a child. It was the main dish for New Year's and the woman who claimed to be my mother always put a small coin under each plate for luck. That was neat I have to admit (then she always took the coin back because she was sort of Scottish that way). I love gnocchi and I can't imagine who wouldn't. When I have the time I prepare mine from scratch but the ones from the Italian shop (Renzullo's !) are great.

The other day I was reading one of my Italian cooking books and I discover this recipe and I decided to try it. It is so easy to cook and the end result is nothing but fantastic. It is a heart warming dish, for those gloomy gray Fall days. If you are not counting calories this is a great dish to prepare, otherwise just substitute the gnocchi for rice cakes, the butter and olive oil for nothing and the cheese with cottage cheese.

Fortunately the current wife loves to eat so this was a sure pleaser. The only problem is that we ate it so fast that I forgot to take the picture, so I resourced to Google for one -sorry-. 



Caramelized Onion Gnocchi

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes   Makes 4 servings


Ingredients

1 Pound gnocchi 

3 Tbsp olive oil

3 Tbsp butter

1 Large onion, chopped

4 Tsp minced garlic

2 Cups cheddar cheese, grated


Cooking Instructions

  • Heat butter and oil in large frying pan. 
  • Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes, until brown and caramelized. If the edges start to get too much color, just add a little water and stir it up. 
  • Cook the gnocchi and remove 1/4 cup of cooking liquid before draining. Add it to the pan of onions. 
  • Add the drained gnocchi and the cheese and toss to combine.
  • Enjoy!

  • * Not my picture… we ate it faster than the click of a camera !