This week I had the urge to make gnocchi. Tonight I decided to give it a shot. I skipped my run today, and went straight to the kitchen when I got home from work. I normally get home at about 3:30. The weather was somewhat cooler than it has been all week and I used that as an excuse to not go.
Gnocchi took about almost an hour and 30 minutes to prepare. I was trying to think of a sauce to make a long with it, and I remember one time on Food Network I saw Giada make a cinnamon butter sauce with gnocchi. I know, weird right? It almost sounds like a desert. I think next time if I ever wanted gnocchi again, I will just go to the store and buy it.
These little dumplings were very rich and filling and I just could only eat a few of them. The sauce was ok, I was expecting it to be a lot sweeter and the butter flavor was too over powering. Mine didn’t come out as pretty as some of the other pictures of gnocchi I’ve seen. I tried to make the little ridges on the sides and oval shapes. Instead it turned out more like mush after I tried cooking it in the sauce.
This weekend is going to be hard. I will not bake any sweets at all. Normally on the weekend I get really bored and want to bake. At night when I want a snack I will have some fruit, a smoothie or some popcorn. Trying to eat better is hard.
Here is the recipe for the Gnocci
Gnocchi with Cinnamon Butter
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cinnamon stick
1 package storebought gnocchi
1 tablespoon sugar, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Melt the butter with the cinnamon stick in a heavy medium skillet over medium heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Cook the gnocchi in a large pot of boiling salted water until all the gnocchi rise to the surface, about 3 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick from the butter sauce and reheat the sauce over low heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked gnocchi to the hot cinnamon butter in the skillet. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat and add more sugar, to taste.