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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gnocchi with Caramelized Onion, Sun Dried Tomato and Broccoli

The Finished Product!
Roasted Head of Garlic
(fold whole garlic in foil with olive oil and fresh herbs at 475 for 30 minutes)
Tonight, I decided to whip up a delicious meal using ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge. No trip to the store needed and I ended up with a great dish while cleaning out the kitchen at the same time. If you are unfamiliar with gnocchi, they are small dumplings made of semolina flour and potatoes. Gnocchi have been a traditional Italian pasta type of probably Middle Eastern origin since Roman times. In the past 2,000 years, each country developed its own specific type of small dumplings, with the ancient gnocchi as their common ancestor. In Roman times, gnocchi were made from a semolina porridge-like dough mixed with eggs, and are still found in similar forms today (Wikipedia). I used Trader Joe's whole wheat gnocchi for the dish, which I was happy with (not to mention healthy!). I used parmesan, onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, truffle oil, broccoli, basil and a medley of italian spices. Delicious! 

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