Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gnocchi Nicoise

Andy arrived home safely tonight about 45 minutes ago!  The pups and I were thrilled to have him back home.  We’re all exhausted (well, maybe not our beagle Wilson) today was non-stop for me at work so I’m posting tonight’s dinner and then putting my feet for the rest of the evening.

This dish is full of complex flavors (kalamata olives, brandy!, orange zest, garlic, bacon, and tomatoes)!  It’s comfort in a bowl…

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  • 2 slices of bacon, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or red wine
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1-inch strips orange peel
  • 2/3 cup nicoise olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 package (about 1 pound) vacuum-packed gnocchi

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and garlic; cook until the bacon starts to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the ground beef; cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add the brandy, shallots, carrots, celery and tomato paste; cook until the vegetables soften, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Crush the tomatoes into the pan with your hands and add any juices from the can. Stir in the broth, bay leaf, orange peel and olives. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat; cover and cook 20 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat and bring to a boil to thicken the sauce.

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil the gnocchi until one floats to the top, about 1 minute. Drain immediately to prevent the gnocchi from becoming mushy. Remove the orange peel and bay leaf from the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Toss the gnocchi with the sauce.

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) said...

That looks wonderful! And the flowers are gorgeous!

Kelsey said...

loooooove the tulips!!

Danko Family said...

I have some gnocchi in my cabinet...I might have to try this one next week.

Mo said...

Tulips are my favorite flower! Had them in my wedding!