Recipe Friday: LLG Cooks Fried Gnocchi with Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

by Sasha Wilkins on December 2, 2011 · 35 comments

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Back in the summer I came up with a Ready, Steady, Cook dish of fried gnocchi with roasted tomatoes & field mushrooms when we were eating up the contents of my mother’s fridge, shortly before she moved house.

This time around, I just needed carbs, cheese & calories, owing to a slightly too enthusiastic evening out with Rachel, one of my dearest girlfriends from New York, who has moved back to London. We drifted out of the Groucho at 3am, buoyed up on Old Fashioneds and laughter, and our hangovers were correspondingly large the next morning.

So this is my new patent hangover remedy. Simply boil a large pan of salted water, tip in the gnocchi and cook according to packet instructions (a few mins). Fish out when cooked and drain. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil & butter in a large non-stick frying pan ( I used my lovely new Michel Roux Green Pan) & halve a few handfuls of cherry tomatoes. When the oil is hot tip in the gnocchi, (be careful, the oil will spit), and the tomatoes.

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After about five minutes, when the gnocchi have started to catch and brown, add in halved bocconcini mozzarella balls – or just ripped up pieces of cheese from a larger mozzarella ball.

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The temptation is to keep stirring the dish around, but you want the gnocchi to stick so that their bottoms go all crispy, so resist the temptation to keep prodding them. And if you mix it up too much, the cheese will melt into a lump of goo. (If that does happen, just get some kitchen scissors and cut it up.)

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When the gnocchi are looking good and crispy, then it’s time for the secret ingredient:

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Mayonnaise can make a very effective cheat’s sauce for hot food, so long as you don’t heat it for too long. I love this mustard-y version, which was part of a hamper of delicious jars I was left with after my cooking gig for Maille in the summer. Just whack in a generous tablespoon, & stir it around, cooking for a few minutes.

Then eat. Lots.

(Do let me know if any of you make it, either in the comments or on Twitter!)

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Ingredients:
Vacuum packed gnocchi
Cherry tomatoes
Mozzarella cheese – I used Bocconcini
Basil leaves
Maldon Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black pepper
Butter
Olive oil
A little Mayonnaise if you have it – it’s not vital.  If you do, it would be nice to use good mayo, to avoid emulsifiers & E numbers in an otherwise straightforward ingredients list. (One reader used cream successfully too.)

And there’s a bunch of other winter-warming and hangover-friendly recipes over here

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Rowena December 2, 2011 at 20:41

Omigosh that looks so delicious! I will have to try this and resist from stirring the gnocchi around too much.

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Emily December 2, 2011 at 22:16

I am drunk while I read this, and I can only hope this will magically appear on my dinner table tomorrow.

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LLG December 11, 2011 at 08:13

@Emily: This goes down as one of the best comments on LLG EVER. I hooted! LLGxx

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Faux Fuchsia December 2, 2011 at 23:35

Dear LLG

This looks fabulous. Dr Atkins would be turning in his grave, but I might make some tonight. Meanwhile you should visit Australia in 2012. You’d like it. We have good shops and good food. x

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LLG December 11, 2011 at 08:16

@Faux Fuchsia: I say sod Dr Atkins! And, yes, Australia, really is on my list for 2012. I have so many long-term readers I love, and I think a visit is long overdue. LLGxx

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Laura December 3, 2011 at 04:27

That looks divine. I have only just finished my breakfast but now I really want gnocchi! Yum.

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Lucy December 3, 2011 at 07:36

This looks/sounds gorgeous – I love me some cheese and carbs :-)

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Susan December 3, 2011 at 07:52

Oh Lord help me.

Except that I will confess…after your fridge round-up in the summer, I actually on-purpose bought a few pkgs of gnocchi in a nearby World Market (while shopping for something household-y like Picardie tumblers). It’s getting close to that time of year when I’ll have to reach for something like this dish. On my list today, then, some mozzarella & a pint of cherry tomatoes. That’ll be me you see waddling by in Twitter today:) xo

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LLG December 11, 2011 at 08:17

@Susan: Basically, it’s internal central heating. That’s my excuse, anyway! LLGxx

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Suzanna December 3, 2011 at 11:02

Oh, this has no calories at all, does it? Where is the LLG Cooks cookbook? Again, publishers take note!

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LLG December 11, 2011 at 08:18

@Suzanna: oh goodness, no calories AT ALL! None! Cookbook is in pipeline – just a very slow one…LLGxx

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Catherine December 3, 2011 at 12:55

Carbs ahoy! And why not add some bread, or toast if it’s in the morning!

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Little Miss London December 4, 2011 at 07:30

That looks absolutely amazing! Proper comfort food! I know now what my lucky other half will be getting for dinner one evening this week! :-)

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picolin December 4, 2011 at 08:04

Looks great… I tried to make gnocchi from scratch and miserably failed long time ago. Must taste nice with packed one instead.

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LLG December 11, 2011 at 08:19

@picolin: I can’t say I’ve had much success with making them myself, but I can’t bear the pre-packaged ones, which is why I thought about frying them instead. LLGxx

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