Fresh herbs can take a dish from good to great. Whether fresh or dried, adding herbs is an easy way to increase the aroma and flavour of any dish without having to add fat, sodium or unwanted calories! This Herbed Gnocchi is simple but flavourful.
Many folk have herbs in their gardens or on their kitchen ledges but don’t use them to their full potential. They’re sometimes forgotten about and really not much is done with their herb garden. So get picking, learn about drying herbs and of course, get cooking!
Theo Mannie, head culinary artist from Granny Mouse Country House & Spa loves experimenting with different herbs in his gastronomic creations. Take this Herbed Gnocchi for example . . .
- 400g mashed potato
- 300g flour
- ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
- ¼ tsp fresh thyme sprigs
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- ¼ onion diced
- 30g butter
- 300ml cream
- 50g Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- Combine the mash, flour, eggs, mixed herbs, thyme and season to taste.
2. Use a teaspoon measure to scoop the mixture and squeeze them till they are flat and flat in shape.
3. Place on a tray and freeze.
4. Once frozen, cook the gnocchi into salted boiling water for about 3 min or until they just begin to float.
5. In the meantime make the sauce by sautéing the onions and garlic in the butter on medium heat.
6. Add the cream and turn the heat up to max.
7. Once the cream begins to simmer, pour in the gnocchi.
8. Reduce the heat to a medium low temperature.
9. Sprinkle the cheese and allow the sauce to thicken, stirring from time to time.
10. Just before the sauce is ready, sprinkle generously with chopped parsley.
11. Season to taste
ENJOY your Herbed Gnocchi!