Or should I say, "lots of photo downloading." We aren't going hungry here that's for sure. I just haven't been on top of the photo downloading game. Like with any new routine, it just takes some time.
Last week we ran into our friend, Derick, who said, "when are we having gnocchi again?" No better time than the present so I was excited to present a lovely meal for our wonderful friends Saturday night.
On the menu:
Spinach and Fig salad
Gnocchi with Hot Italian Beef Sausage and Mild Turkey Sausage - with sundried tomatoes (if you want to keep this meal vegetarian you can replace the sausage with chopped fresh peppers and some hot italian seasoning)
A new spin on Boston Cream Pie
The Spinach and Fig Salad was a super easy hit.
Parmesan Shaved (optional)
2 slices of Fresh Sourdough Bread cut and toasted for croutons
To make the dressing, I reduced balsamic vinegar with about 6 figs and mashed the figs as the vinegar thickened. I then strained it. It was a thick and rich dressing.
Gnocchi with Sausage and Sundried Tomatoes
3 lbs Gnocchi (I can give you the recipe if you would like to make it from scratch or you can buy it at Central Market or Mandolas Italian Market)
4 Hot Italian Beef Sausages (Fresh not Packaged)
2 Mild Turkey Sausages
1 jar sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil
20 Sundried tomatoes rehydrated and not packed in oil
1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes (high quality italian)
large bunch of fresh basil
1) Cut up the sundried tomatoes not in oil and put them in a container. I like using my kitchen sheers to do this. Then open the jar of sundried tomatoes in oil, cut them, and add the tomatoes and oil to the container. This saves about $5+ in sundried tomatoes and gives plenty of olive oil flavor to all of them. (Extras keep beautifully in your fridge, so don't be afraid to make bonus...you will note that I used the remainder to roast chicken yesterday!)
3) Let simmer until all the flavors are on spot. The hot sausage will add a nice kick
4) Cook the Gnocchi al dente (do not over cook or it will be mush), and mix the gnocchi into the sausage meal. We got 4 servings + 2 large bonus servings for the men + 2 meals of leftovers from the above!! Makes lots of food
I took the extra cream, and pastry, and made my first Napolean for a party on Sunday night. It didn't stand a chance, so I am hoping it was a hit!