My previous post showed how to make the gnocchi and detailed the recipe through cooking the gnocchi the first time. After all that fun and inspiration with Mr. Scrumptious, and while still in the festive holiday mood we wanted something special, rich and creamy. This is an excellent occasion recipe, which I created by starting with one of my favorites, gorgonzola cheese, and working in some additional gentle and warm flavors. Here is my "Gorgonzola Cream Gnocchi with Grapes and Walnuts".
Serves 4 as main course or 8 as appetizer
Gnocchi from Mario Batali's Basic Gnocchi recipe, cooked first time
2 T. sea salt
.30 lb gorgonzola cheese (Stilton would be a decent substitute)
1/2 c. to 3/4 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. fig jam or confit
2 T. lemon juice
2 c. seedless red grapes, cut into quarters
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. fresh oregano, minced
freshly ground black pepper, one grind per serving
1. Bring 6 quarts of water to boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons of sea salt.
2. Meanwhile, in a 10-12 inch sauté pan, very gently melt the gorgonzola cheese and add the heavy cream. Adjust cream to desired consistency as you go, it will be somewhere between 1/2 c. and 1 cup.
3. In another small saucepan, combine the fig jam, and lemon juice, stir to incorporate and gently melt the jam and juice, aiming for a very smooth consistency.
4. When the large pot is boiling, add the gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface of the pot, about 3-4 minutes. Pull out of the pot with a slotted spoon or spider skimmer and gently add them to the sauté pan with the gorgonzola cream sauce. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to coat all gnocchi evenly.
5. Drop the grapes into the saucepan with the fig jam and toss gently, just heating the grapes through but not cooking.
6. Turn off all burners and plate the gnocchi. Spoon the grapes and sauce on top of the gnocchi. Garnish with the oregano, chopped walnuts and black pepper and serve immediately.
Happy New Year everyone, I'll be back in January, with highlights from our New Year's Eve Party at Scrumptious Street. Hope you all have a great celebration!