I was recently sent some Knorr products and asked to create some recipes for the holidays using them. The first recipe I created was this delicious Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Beans, Olives & Tomatoes. This is not only delicious, with fresh flavours and textures, but pretty and colourful as well!
I have always wanted to make my own gnocchi from scratch. I just adore gnocchi. Today I made Sweet Potato gnocchi . . . it wasn't all that hard to do and I am wanting to experiment now with other flavours. You can use store bought ready made gnocchi if you wish however, so never fear.
I accompanied the Gnocci with a fresh sauce, created using crisp green beans, or haricot verts if you want to use that term of phrase. I used frozen whole beans . . . but you could also use fresh. You just need to cook them a bit longer.
I cooked the beans in a mix of garlic, thyme, ham stock (made using a Knorr Ham Stock Cube) and a splash of white wine. This was reduced as they cooked until it was quite syrupy and then I added some cream to loosen it a bit along with garlic and herbed pitted green olives and quartered baby
I also used some Parmesan cheese and black pepper for flavouring. Once the sauce was finished, and it didn't take longfor that to happen . . . I poured it over the sweet potato gnocchi and then scattered more cheese and some parsley on top. It was delicious!
*Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Breans, Olives and Tomatoes*Serves 6
about 12 dry cured green pitted olives (I used the ones with garlic and herbs)
12 baby plum tomatoes, quartered90g of finely grated Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup), divided
Once they are totally cold stir in the salt, pepper, nutmeg, cheese and flour, just to combine. The dough should be soft and somewhat sticky. If you need to add a bit more flour you can, but don't overdo it. Working on a well floured surface, divide the dough into five or six pieces. Using well floured hands and working with one piece at a time, roll each piece into a long rope about 1 inch in diameter. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and roll each piece over the tines of a fork to create the ridges which are characteristic of Gnocchi. Place on a lightly floured baking sheet to dry.
Have ready a large buttered baking dish. Place it into a low oven to keep warm.
Knorr Ham Cubes come in a pack containing 8 dry cubes, which you can crumble and add to boiling water to make a well flavoured Ham stock. They contain no artificial preservatives and no msg.
I used some of the chicken stock to make my bread stuffing. I love this bread stuffing. Well, if I am being honest, I love stuffing full stop!
This is so easy to make. You don't need the best bread for this and actually bread that is a bit stale is best. I picked up the bread to make this in the reduced aisle so I got it for 53p a loaf. You will want to tear it up or cut it into cubes and leave it to dry overnight in a large bowl, giving it a stir every now and again, so it drys out a bit more. I add plenty of onions and celery that I have sauteed in plenty of butter.a mix of herbs and seasonings and then a well flavoured chicken stock to moisten it.
The mix then gets spread into a buttered baking pan, dotted with butter . . . and baked until the flavours all meld together beautifully, and you get some delicious crispy edges.
It's then ready to serve, either cut into slabs and placed beneath your slices of turkey, or scooped out . . . whichever you prefer. This is the perfect stuffing to use in leftover turkey sandwiches. You can also add chopped apple or dried cranberries for a bit of a fruity addition. It's all a matter of taste! You can also play with the amount of herbs. Taste and add according to what you prefer.
*Bread Stuffing*Makes about 12 servings
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.
When I am wanting Chicken Stock to use in a dish where the flavour of the chicken stock really matters, I always like to use Knorr Touch of Taste Chicken concentrated liquid stock. I use this in soups and gravies and stews. It does need to be refrigerated once opened.
Knorr products are available near the spice section of most major grocery shops in the UK. For more information about their products and more recipes do check out their website.
Tune in tomorrow to see what I did with the other ingredients they sent!