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5.24.2008

Pan Roasted Chicken with Homemade Potato Spinach Gnocchi


Its Memorial Day weekend and how do I want to unwind Friday night? I want to make my first homemade gnocchi!I know Certain Someone and I should be watching it, but its a long weekend. Were sick of limitations.Cant we have a little treat? I figure at least its all homemade and fresh.I used half whole wheat flour in the gnocchi and a bunch of fresh spinach and potatoes from the vegetable box. Certain Someone being German loves potato dumplings and I failed miserably trying to make him some once. These are essentially the same thing and I was very successful. Gnocchi are relatively easy but a little time consuming. With about 45 minutes organized prep while the chicken roasts,and a quick boil, you have your dinner ready in about 1 and 15 minutes max! I had so much left over gnocchi I put them in the freezer for another date. I used the recipe from The Silver Spoon by Phaidon. As the gnocchi boiled, I took my roasted chicken out lightly seasoned with salt and pepper,and deglazed it on the stove top with some sherry. Then I added some pesto and the cooked gnocchi. A careful toss, and you have a great meal. The gnocchi was soft and wonderful. Not chewy and hard as I was fearing. The Certain Someone meter rating was... 2 servings!

Potato and Spinach Gnocchi adapted by Coco Cooks from The Silver Spoon ,Phaidon
Gnocchi di Patate e Spinaci
1 1/2 lbs spinach
1 3/4 lbs flour I used half whole wheat and half all purpose
1 1/2 lbs potatoes
2 egg yolks I used 1 whole egg and 1 yolk
Wash,peel,and boil potatoes for 25 minutes in lightly salted water.Cook washed spinach in just the water that clings to it. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Chop. I used my Kitchen Aid and ran the cooked potatoes and spinach through the food grinder. Combine spinach, potatoes,and flour.Add egg and salt.Knead for a few minutes. Shape the dough in several long rolls about 1/4 inch in diameter.Cut into 3/4 pieces and press against a fork or the underside of a grater. Dust lightly with flour. Add gnocchi a few pieces at a time and boil in lightly salted water. Remove with a slotted spoon as they rise to the waters surface. Drain and toss with the pan roasted chicken , pesto, and its juices.

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30 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I hope that you and Certain Someone had a nice bottle of wine to celebrate the long weekend as well as this delicious meal!:

Peter M said...

Courtney, you got some good ole' spinach into the menu...keep ya strong you know!

Enjoy the Memorial Weekend, see ya on the other side.

Núria said...

Hola Courtney!
Your gnocchi look so good :D I still haven't dared to prepare gnocchis but must be so comforting to have them home made. Enjoy the long weekend :D

Luca&Sabrina said...

We've never seen gnocchi like this, Luca adore them!!!Have a nice weekend.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, dear, this is making my mouth water! It looks spectacular. And come to think of it, I have all the ingredients!

linda said...

I love gnocchi! Wish I had the time and patience to make them ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a fantastic dish! Really wonderful and perfect!

Cheers,

Rosa

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Yummm. I absolutely love gnocci with pesto!!!! This whole meal is one of my favorites!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

This looks seriously good. Is that a wok you used to roast the chicken?

glamah16 said...

Marc-It was a cast iron wok like pan I got at Macys. I love it because I can use it in the oven or stove top.

~~Louise~~ said...

Oh it's been too long since I prepared Gnocchi. I learned at the apron strings of my Sicilian grandmother. Your meal looks delightful!

I love the idea of using half whole wheat flour. Thanks for the idea!

marias23 said...

Gosh! How awesomely langurous to make gnocchi. They look delicious and they are healthy to boot!

By the way, how's the food sanitation manager certification going? :)

Half Baked said...

Can I come over for dinner?!? That gnoochi looks divine!

Jen said...

Your gnocchi look so good. I've always meant to make gnocchi but never actually got around to it... but your post is definitely inspiring.

Mary said...

I've only even tasted gnocchi once. Yours looks delicious! I think you are so inspiring that you are always trying such intimidating new recipes!

Heather said...

Whoa, I made gnocchi on Friday too! I am receiving everyone's food vibes through the ether, and am one with the foodie universe. I HAVE REACHED ASCENSION!

Emiline said...

Those pictures are good.

Yes, you guys deserve a treat. And they're made with spinach and potatoes, so that makes it good for you.

I think they look great. I could use your help in making gnocchi.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely pictures Glamah!!
I have never tasted Gnocchi before but seeing your pics I wanna try one ... :))

Sheltie Girl said...

This looks like a fabulous meal. The spinach gnocchi turned out so lovely with the chicken. Beautiful meal.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

The Caked Crusader said...

Looks delicious!
I noticed that you have the The Cake Bible in your library - what do you think of it? I've hesitated about buying it as the comments on Amazon seem so mixed!
Does it only have measurements in cups or does it include weights such as oz and g?
Thanks

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Mmmm delicious! I miss gnocchi.

Helene said...

I never attempted to make Gnocchi. It looks good.

Maryann said...
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Maryann said...

Of course he had 2 servings! So would I ;)

Proud Italian Cook said...

What a delicious meal you served up! I can't blame him for going back for seconds. Isn't it nice to know you have some tucked away in your freezer? :)

Rosie said...

Oh this is a fantastic dish Coco just love it!!

Rosie x

Deborah said...

Gnocchi is one thing that I've always wanted to make from scratch - yours looks fabulous!

Laurie said...

This looks so yummy..I wish I could have some right now! And your macarons are beautiful Courtney!! :)

kittie said...

I have a disastrous gnocchi write up waiting to be posted - my second one!!!

But I love them so much - and yours look so good... why can't I make them work!!!!!!????!!!

Grump.

Ps. Craving spinach gnocchi now...

Joe Horn said...

Love the blog, always enjoy reading it. I really like these gnocchi. I just made a gnocchi with choux pastry for the first time and it was incredible. Come take a look if you have a chance and let me know what you think. http://cookingquest.wordpress.com

Thanks so much!

Joe