Okay kids, I’ve got another magically fast and ridiculously delicious recipe for you today. While it’s probably not as cheap as buying actual potatoes, sometimes what you save in time can be worth more than the money you spent. This one also comes from the brilliant Nigella Lawson. I’m never going to stop talking about how great she is, so just deal.
Roasted potatoes, gorgeously browned, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside, are a thing of pure beauty. The only trouble is, they take about an hour to make and heat up your house something awful because you have to leave your oven on at a high temp for a ridiculously long amount of time, and guess what, it’s already 90 degrees in your kitchen before you even get started and that just sucks. We’ve solved this problem. We’re going to secretly swap them out with something equally as awesome.
You’re going to go to the store and buy a packet of premade gnocchi. I usually get one from the refrigerated pasta section that has a little packet of herbs and parmesan included. That’s my first choice. They didn’t have that yesterday, so I got plain gnocchi and improvised. It’ll be fine. Relax.
You’re going to get out the good olive oil, add about two tablespoons to a big skillet, let it get good and hot, and then dump those gnocchi in. Give them a good toss with your chefy wrist moves to coat them in the oil, cook them for about three minutes, flip them over, give them another three, then sprinkle that parm over the top and let that cook for another thirty seconds. Bam! You’re done.
And guess what you have on your plate? Gorgeously browned, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside, absolutely beautiful and full of flavor fried gnocchi. It couldn’t possibly be easier. I was so surprised how great these were the first time I tried them, and everybody I’ve ever served them to has thought they were truly awesome.
Go ahead. Cheat. Save yourself some time. I won’t tell. Especially if I can come over for dinner.
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 package gnocchi
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add the gnocchi to the pan. Break up any gnocchi they might be stuck together and toss them in the oil.
- Sprinkle with oregano and red pepper.
- Cook for about three minutes, or until lovely and brown, then give them a flip.
- Brown gnocchi on the other side, then add cheese.
- Cook until cheese starts to get melty and crisp.
- Serve piping hot.
- If you can get the package with the parmesan cheese included, you're good to go. Just sprinkle the packet over your gnocchi at the end.