Gnocchi is sautéed in olive oil with freshly minced garlic until it is perfectly crisp then tossed with basil and parmesan! An easy dish ready in under 10 minutes!
Growing up while my Mom was cooking my sister would seek into the kitchen and steal little pieces of dough while my Mom wasn’t looking. Any kind of dough, she loved it. I am so the opposite. I just can’t eat uncooked dough. Other than cookie dough…but why doesn’t love cookie dough?
Her love of all things doughy didn’t fade. To this day she will still order Chicken and Dumplings with a side of dumplings at Cracker Barrel. To me, it’s crazy. I need texture! Crispy, crunchy, anything…just as long as it has some texture to it. So of course, you can guess which of us loves gnocchi!
If you have never had gnocchi before it is basically just little balls of potato based dough. It never really peaked my interest until I noticed a gluten free gnocchi at the grocery and I picked it up one day on a whim. It is super simple to prepare, you just boil it like pasta for about 2 minutes or until it floats to the top then top it with whatever you like. Alternatively, after you boil it you can pan sear it in a bit of olive oil until it is nice and crispy. Basically, it is like a tater tot. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
This Crispy Garlic Gnocchi has become a new favorite around here! This is probably less of an actual recipe and more of a method because you can certainly adjust this based on your preferences. You just need a couple things some cooked gnocchi, olive oil, freshly minced garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan and basil. After you boil your gnocchi you want to heat a large skillet to medium heat and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure you have enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot add a few cloves of minced garlic and stir, add the gnocchi in a single layer and sprinkle with salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder. You want the gnocchi to get nice and crispy and you do not want it to stick to the pan so stir it occasionally making sure it toasts evenly. When the gnocchi has reached your desired crispness remove it from the pan and sprinkle with fresh parmesan and basil. Voila! That is it!
You can serve this as a side if you wish but I just ate it as an entree with a nice big salad. I am a big fan of the Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits because they are all gluten free and packed with plenty of fresh veggies and amazing toppings. These chef-inspired salad kits offer sophisticated blends of five or more superfoods and include everything needed for a delicious salad. Perfect for those looking for innovative, convenient and healthy eating options that are easy to integrate into busy lives. I paired my Crispy Garlic Gnocchi with the Eat Smart Beets and Greens Salad Kit. It is a powerful combination of six superfoods with perfectly cooked beets, kale, beet greens, red chard, Red Cabbage and broccoli, topped with golden raisins, feta cheese and white wine vinaigrette for a sweet, savory and healthy flavor. The sweet and savory components of the salad compliment the garlicly gnocchi perfectly!
- 1 (16 ounce) package gluten free gnocchi cooked according to package directions
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (enough to lightly cover the bottom of a large pan)
- 4 cloves garlic
- a pinch of garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons, shredded parmesan
- 2 tablespoons, chopped basil
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat and make sure you have enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.
- When the oil is hot add a few cloves of minced garlic and stir, add the gnocchi in a single layer and sprinkle with salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.
- You want the gnocchi to get nice and crispy and you do not want it to stick to the pan so stir it occasionally making sure it toasts evenly.
- When the gnocchi has reached your desired crispness remove it from the pan and sprinkle with fresh parmesan and basil.
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