Gosh I love ricotta cheese. There was a time in my life when I ate it like I do Greek yogurt now. I need to revisit those times.
I was actually having a little rendezvous with some ricotta cheese in a bowl, when an idea came to mind – ricotta bites! Or, apparently more well-known, ricotta gnocchi.
My first go around with gnocchi was an epic fail. I didn’t even put it on the blog it was so bad. I tried to make sweet potato gnocchi and it was just…not good. It looked good, but it tasted so bland!
Now, usually it takes me at least three tries to get a recipe like gnocchi right. I mean the quinoa issues speak for themselves.
However, I’m happy to say that I bring you the following gnocchi with confidence that you’ll be rubbing your bellies with pleasure by the time you finish it.
And FYI – it goes wonderfully with nut butter encrusted sweet potato fries and some roasted Brussels sprouts
Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce
inspired by Epicurious
- 1 cup whole ricotta cheese
- 1/2 c. grated parmesan
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 c. flour
- 5 tbsp butter
- red pepper flakes, parsley, 1/2 juice of 1 lemon, and garlic powder
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cheeses, egg, salt, and zest until thoroughly combined. Add the flour, but mix just until the flour is folded in – don’t over mix. Scoop the mixture out using a 1/2 tbsp as a scoop onto a nonstick surface (like parchment paper.) Now, heat 1 tbsp of the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add the gnocchi’s one by one, and cook about 3 minutes per side. I found that using tongs to turn was the easiest. Once it’s time to flip, add one more tbsp of butter. After all the gnocchi is cooked, reduce the heat, add the rest of the butter to the skillet, and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the butter turns a rich brown color. Kill the heat, add the lemon juice, pepper, parsley, and garlic powder. Serve over the plated gnocchi.
Have you ever tried making gnocchi? Have you ever bought the pre-packaged gnocchi in the store? I’ve always wanted to try that kind…
I woke up late today, so I’m in a hurry! Going to put in some hours at the ol’ BIC, and then head to power yoga later today Haven’t been there since last Wednesday, so I’m a little pumped up!
Have a fab Thursday, loves!