Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola – and flaming cheeks !

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Upon a time, I had a favourite little restaurant. It did decent coffee and good homely Italian food at a reasonable price. It was the sort of place where you could eavesdrop on the most interesting of conversations, or chat to a complete stranger on the table next to you.
Its main attraction was its star waiter, a crazy, red-haired Roman with a big heart and an eagle eye who kept the place more or less shipshape. He was deeply and irrevocably a fan of The Blues Brothers. From time to time, he would get a little carried away, douse the lights and subject his alarmed (and captive) audience to a rather startling mime of I Can’t Turn You Loose.

I once spent 8 hours there – breakfast with one friend, a chance meeting that turned into lunch with another, and then finally dinner with my beloved – although I did go for a walk in between times to make room for my favourite of their dishes - Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola.
Unfortunately I’m too embarrassed to go there anymore. The eagle-eyed Roman was off duty that evening. And I know I shouldn’t have... but rather stupidly... I left my beloved unattended for a whole five minutes. (The Roman would have kept an eye on him...) When I returned, the restaurant was filled with smoke, and feathery ashes were settling on the clientele. He had managed to accidentally set his napkin on fire. He had quickly extinguished the flames, but while he was busy checking if anyone had actually noticed, he failed to notice the napkin had reignited and set the tablecloth ablaze.

This is my attempt to recreate the gnocchi dish - Blues Brothers soundtrack and inferno optional.
For lunch for 2, you will need...
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
300g ready-prepared potato gnocchi (a lazy dish, this)
150g fresh mushrooms, sliced
a fat clove of garlic, crushed
5 tablespoons cream
40g Gorgonzola cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
freshly ground black pepper

In a frying pan large enough to take the gnocchi in one layer, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the gnocchi and fry gently until a golden crust forms, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, place the remaining olive oil in another pan over a medium heat and add the mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the crushed garlic. Cook for a further minute or so before adding the cream and the Gorgonzola, stirring as the cheese melts. When the Gorgonzola has completely melted, add the parsley and the now-golden gnocchi.

Serve immediately with a little freshly ground black pepper over the top. I find it doesn’t really need any salt - but maybe keep a fire extinguisher handy :)

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

LOL and this was before you carried a camera everywhere? I think you should go back and photograph everything.

Your gnocchi with mushrooms and gorgonzola sounds incredibly good.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

OMG haha I can imagine the flaming cheeks! Thanks for sharing!
And your gnocchi is one of my must try dishes now :D

Choc Chip Uru

Happy Valley Chow said...

I love gnocchi sooo much and this recipe sounds amazing! Great job :)

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

Jill Colonna said...

Love this kind of a lazy dish, Hester. Flaming delicious, it certainly must be. What an alighting story!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear Hester, this looks like a wonderful comfort food dinner - I love the combination of Italian gnocchi, lovely mushrooms and creamy Gorgonzola. This must be quite a treat (even without a napkin and tablecloth on fire - what a funny story) for lunch or dinner!
P.S.: I certainly hope that the Jan Hagels turned out well!
Have a nice Sunday evening!

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

@ Andrea - yes, the Jan Hagels were delicious - I'll definitely be making them again and passing on your great recipe. You have a lovely evening too.

Gintare @Gourmantine said...

I can imagine it wasn't at all amusing at the time, but the story does sound a little funny :) Love the gnocchi!

Magnolia Verandah said...

Oh my goodness! How on earth........? I suppose you have this at home now? Looks good.

Rosita Vargas said...

Super delicioso me encanta,hugs,hugs.

wok with ray said...

Oh my goodness. That bowl of goodies that you put together is just making me so hungry. I hope you are having a great week, Hester. :)

motherrimmy said...

Hahaha! I know it probably wasn't all that funny at the time, but brings a giggle now. My hubby loves both mushrooms and Gnocchi. Add Gorgonzola and he'll be happy camper when I make this. Have a terrific weekend!

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

What a wonderfully told story! And a wonderful dish to boot! I want to go to that restaurant -- and I want to eat these gnocchi. You even want me want to make them!

Rosita Vargas said...

Que rico se ve està muy goloso y perfecto,hugs,hugs.