Friday, August 7, 2009

Gnocchi in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

A few years ago, on a cold winter night, I went out to an Italian restaurant to feast away my winter blues. I ordered Gnocchi in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, a dish that I believe should be in the top 10 list of the most comforting foods in the world. That sure did hit the spot. The dish was so delicious that, years later, I am still searching for a recipe that replicates those incredible little potato dumplings smothered in that rich and creamy gorgonzola sauce. So, here I am today, confidently saying that I have found a recipe that comes pretty darn close, and, better yet, it is as simple as can be! I think the only thing that this recipe is missing to replicate the one that I devoured at that Italian restaurant is homemade gnocchi. Due to time constraints (and my stomach grumbling that it was hungry now), I just made the gorgonzola cream sauce and tossed it with packaged gnocchi. If you're up to the challenge, I would suggest making your own gnocchi by hand, allowing you to add more flavour to the dumplings themselves, and, therefore, perfecting this ultra-comforting dish!

1 package potato gnocchi
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
1 1/2 tbsp combined parsley & chives, chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to season

1. In a saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, making a roux. Continue whisking for about 3-4 minutes, making sure not to brown the roux.

2. Add room temperature or hot milk (so that the ingredients will be more easily incorporated). Add the bay leaf and continue to stir until mixture begins to thicken.

3. While mixture thickens, boil gnocchi following the package instructions.

4. Stir in the gorgonzola cheese until it has melted. Add the parsley and chives. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Remove bay leaf and serve sauce over potato gnocchi.


tokyoterrace said...

This looks delicious! What a wonderful combination. I love gorgonzola cream sauce with small pieces of pear in it- super wonderful!

Danielle said...

Oooh what a great idea! I had never thought of pear before but that would be incredible!

HannahBanana aka Amanda said...

This is my idea of perfection!!! Total heaven....

Kevin said...

Gorgonzola sauces are so good! Try it on sweet potato or pumpkin gnocchi next time. The slightly sweet gnocchi goes really well with the tangy gorgonzola sauce.

Kristin said...

That sounds so heavenly!

Sofie said...

This sounds delicious! How many servings does this recipe yield?

Anonymous said...

I hate to be picky, especially because your recipe sounds so yummy, but the butter and flour mixture isn't "rue" it's "roux".

Heather Bailey said...

I have been looking for a recipe for gnocci gorgonzola as it is my wife's favorite food. I am trying this tonight! Thank you!!!!