Garlic-Chive Gnocchi


I have a knack for timing cooking endeavors very poorly. I distinctly remember a weeknight my senior year of high school, sobbing over some uncooked hijiki sea vegetables that were supposed to be included in a rice dish to accompany some steamed fish.

I hadn’t read the recipe carefully and neglected to notice the little note about needing to rehydrate them, which, at that well-past-usual-dinnertime hour, was not going to happen. My dreams of whipping up an artfully prepared and wildly healthy Japanese dinner for my parents in time to write a paper on Toni Morrison, talk to my boyfriend on the phone, and be in bed at a reasonable hour, were crushed.

Tonight there was a moment, as I watched my misshapen chive-flecked gnocchi bobbing in a pot of boiling water, that I feared I had once again chosen a project far too ambitious for a Wednesday night. I should have waited for a care-free, leisurely Sunday afternoon to attempt gnocchi for the first time. But, no, common sense seems to have escaped me once again.

Twenty minutes later, however, as I dug into a plate of these (well before my bedtime!), I said a silent prayer of thanks to the kitchen gods for letting this little culinary experiment of mine come together in a timely fashion.

This is not your typical Italian gnocchi. Although I started with a recipe titled “How to Make Gnocchi Like an Italian Grandmother,” I quickly ended up making gnocchi like a 25-year-old With Too Many Asian Ingredients at Her Disposal . I added chopped garlic and Chinese Chives to the potatoes as I mashed them, then sauteed the boiled gnocchi in a mixture of sesame oil and soy sauce. Not the usual flavors for a plate of potato dumplings, but sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a little!

(adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

1 recipe Gnocchi
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped Chinese chives
2 tbps sesame oil, divided
2 tbsp soy sauce, divided

Follow the recipe instructions, adding the garlic and chives when you mash the potatoes.
After you pull the boiled gnocchi out of the water, set aside.
When all the gnocchi have been cooked, heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium (sesame oil burns easily).
Add half the gnocchi and cook, shaking the pan, for about 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and cook one additional minute or two.
Transfer to a serving dish and repeat with the remaining gnocchi.



12 Responses to “Garlic-Chive Gnocchi”

  1. 1 Branny August 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    So nice to see this Italian classic through an Asian lens!

  2. 2 The Novice Chef August 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I recently also made gnocchi for the first time, and I made a Basil Gnocchi! I figured what was the point in making plain gnocchi! This looks fabulous and I will definitely be trying it soon!

  3. 3 Regina August 26, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Wow This looks amazing. I must be bored today because I got to thinking about how so much of the culinary focus for Americans is based on Italian food.It made me wonder about the opposite,
    what Italians think about American food.

  4. 4 Mary Ellen August 26, 2009 at 5:35 am

    These look so good. I remember making gnocchi with my grandmother when I was little, but have never made them on my own.

  5. 5 rebel August 26, 2009 at 5:42 am

    As perhaps the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Italian food – these look delicious!

  6. 6 Cara August 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Sounds good to me! I like your Asian spin.

  7. 7 Molly Jean August 26, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    And the kitchen Gods listened! This looks terrific. I’m terrified to make gnocchi but your recipes are always awesome. Looks like I need to keep this one šŸ™‚

  8. 8 Colleen August 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    These look lovely on the plate. I will have to tackle gnocchi again one day – my first time was a disaster!

  9. 9 elly August 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    This looks really great! I keep saying I’m going to get around to making my own gnocchi one of these days…

  10. 10 ashley August 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    ohhhh yum!! i love making gnocchi!

  11. 11 Melissa August 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I really need to make homemade gnocchi. I love the addition of garlic and chives, they must add a ton of flavor!

  12. 12 Kerstin August 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    You’re in good company, I just made gnocchi on a Tuesday night and wasn’t done until midnight so I didn’t make a sauce! I love you Asian twist here, they look delicious!

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