Gnocchi à la Parisienne ~ French Fridays with Dorie

by kitchenarian on January 14, 2011

All I have to say is oohh Dorie – you have brought this little recipe into my life and I am not sure I will ever be the same.

For years I have thought about, contemplated, wanted to make gnocchi. I never seemed to get around to it. So when I saw that the recipe for this week was gnocchi, I was excited and a bit trepidacious.  But I am going to be honest here, it has been one of those weeks – I feel like I have been two steps behind on everything all week long. But here it is Friday and I woke up this morning, took my child to school, came home and rolled up my sleeves to make this dish.

I had read the recipe multiple times throughout the week. Then probably the smartest thing I did was go to Dorie’s site, French Fridays with Dorie, and read some of the comments other members had made. I think it probably saved me. I prepped everything beforehand because I knew that once it got rolling, there would be no time to stop. Actually that turned out not to be true; this recipe was not that difficult. Once I got into it, I had a blast.

Gnocchi is an Italian dumpling. In fact, the word gnocchi translated means “lump”. I made the dough and was shocked to see that it was quite loose and not what I had originally expected, but I had read the comments and so I did not panic. I made the bechamel sauce, just a white sauce made from butter, flour and milk – ohh so good and rich. Then I made the gnocchi by dropping the dough by the teaspoonful into simmering salted water. This took a while, but I actually made just a few this morning and have frozen the others to serve tonight, because you really must eat them fresh. Don’t worry though, Dorie will explain all of this in her book.

I melted a bit of butter in the bottom of a small Emile Henry dish, then sprinkled a bit of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Next I spooned in a small amount of the bechamel sauce followed by the gnocchi. This was topped off with the bechamel sauce,  a layer of grated gruyere and parmesan cheese and small bit of unsalted butter. I baked it in the oven to let the cheese melt and brown on top. Make sure you cook it long enough to get that crispy brown cheese layer because it gives the dish a little cheese crust on top with the rich, creamy dumplings below. Oh my goodness this was divine. I did contemplate having a glass of wine with this, but it was only 10:00 a.m. on Friday. I do have to draw the line somewhere.

You must try it. In fact, if you run out right now and get the book you can have this for dinner tonight! Don’t forget to pick up a good bottle of french wine to go with it.  French Fridays with Dorie is an on-line cooking group that cooks recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s newest cookbook, Around My French Table.

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Tiffany January 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Gnocchi and bechamel!?!? YUM! I totally want to try this!

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Adriana January 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

The Dorie ladies have outdone themselves this week. I think I’ll have to get that book!

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Denise January 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

What’s wrong with wine at 10:00 a.m.? It’s always 5:00 somewhere…

Pretty dish, and I like the little edge of the cookbook page in your photo!

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Liz January 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Your Emile Henry dish is beautiful with this dish…and you got the crusty cheese just perfect!

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David January 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I used an Emile Henri dish also, I bought a few in a French super marchee and lugged it back in my suitcases. Surely there’s an easier way, but it worked at the time. I was surprised that I enjoyed this dish so much. And, as it sat on the stovetop after all was said and done, it only got better.

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Cakewalker January 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I’m in a California chardonnay kind of mood and I think this superb looking dish will pair perfectly with it. Heading into a 3-day weekend will allow ample time to linger over the recipe, in anticipation of enjoying every sumptuous bite!

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Kate @ Diethood.com January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I love gnocchi… I’d like to try Dorie’s – she’s sorta amazing. 🙂

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Beth @ thescreenporch January 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Great post. From the look of your websites list I have a sneeking suspicion that we have similar sensabilities when it comes to food. I’m glad I stopped in and will return often. B:)

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Steph@stephsbitebybite January 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I fell in love with this recipe too! Soo good. Totally taking your cue on the wine 🙂

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Rich January 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

Oh, that is a life-changer. I am going to buy that book. Wow.

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Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen January 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

This looks absolutely mouth-watering! I really need to put this cookbook on my wishlist!

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Cher January 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Lovely photo… Glad this worked out so well for you. It was definitely a YUM when all was said and done.

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thoma February 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

i share your joy. always wanted to know what IS a gnocchi. yum!

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Jean February 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I have no reason not to make this–I already have the book. I can’t imagine it being anything but delicious with homemade gnocchi and bechamel. Yum!

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