Cranberry Gnocchi with Cranberry Brown Butter will please all the vegetarians in your life and around the dinner table. Made with Cape Cod Select premium frozen cranberries, it's the perfect entrée to serve not only this holiday season, but all year long.
Today is National Cranberry Day y'all!!!! I'm over here celebrating with a big plate of these Cranberry Gnocchi with Cranberry Brown Butter.
What is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi is an Italian potato-based soft dough dumpling which is a delicious alternative to traditional pasta. To make a lighter gnocchi, use a floury potato, as they are high in starch and low in moisture. The good old Russet potato is ideal for this recipe.
Also, it's better to bake the potatoes instead of boiling them. Baking makes the insides of the potato dry and fluffy, which is perfect for making a light, pillowy dough.
Gnocchi is heaven when it's light and airy but not so much when it's gummy and dense.
In my last post, I mentioned entering the Cape Cod Select Blogger Recipe Challenge and today's recipe is my submission in their entrée category. When I first heard of the contest, I immediately started brainstorming vegetarian main dishes that were holiday related.
Thanksgiving and Christmas grub always center around a huge turkey or beef roast, so I wanted to develop a hearty, savory vegetarian holiday entrée recipe that also would showcase the natural tartness and bright flavor of the cranberries.
Are frozen cranberries as good as fresh?
ABSOLUTELY!! I live up in New England so I'm lucky Cape Cod cranberries are readily available in my local stores. These cranberries are my favorite over the other well know frozen brand because:
- They are plump and round straight out of the package
- Never have that shriveled frozen look
- Are truly premium berries
I'm taking a few days off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, friends, and doggies, and to make/eat some great food. No worries because I'll be back next week with another great recipe!
Until then, J & I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. For those readers in other countries who do not celebrate the holiday, we hope you have a fantastic Thursday! Everyone eat, drink and be merry (although not necessarily in that order).
PIN this Cranberry Gnocchi with Cranberry Brown Butter and enjoy this easy gnocchi recipe later!
Cranberry Gnocchi with Cranberry Brown Butter
- 2 pounds Russet potatoes, washed and dried
- 1 ½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 whole egg, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Herb Cranberry Sauce, divided
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 400F/204C degrees. Lightly pierce each potato all over the skin with a fork or knife. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until fork tender.
Cool the cooked potatoes to the touch, then peel each potato and press through a ricer or grate them using the large holes on a cheese grater. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg, Parmesan cheese, and salt together.Mix in the potatoes and gradually add the flour, ¼ cup at a time, to the potato mixture. Using your hands, continue to gently mix in (do not knead) the flour until a soft dough forms. Add the ¼ cup of Herb Cranberry Sauce and gently mix in.Remove dough to a floured surface and mix in enough flour until dough is smooth and not sticky. Be careful not to mix in too much flour or dough will become tough. Dough should be soft to the touch and smooth, just pass the point of not sticking to hands.
- Break off a handful of dough, place it on a lightly floured surface, and roll it with both hands into a long rope shape (about 1 inch in diameter). Using a sharp knife, cut the rope every 1 inch to make square "pillows" of dough. Place the pieces to the side on a lightly floured surface while finishing making the remainder of the gnocchi pieces. Can leave the pieces the way they are cut or press your thumb into each to make an indentation.
COOKING THE GNOCCHI:
- Fill a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Divide the shaped gnocchi into 4 piles and drop one pile into the water and cook until all the gnocchi float to the surface, 3-4 minutes. Remove the cooked gnocchi to a platter and continue cooking the remaining gnocchi in the same manner. Set the cooked gnocchi aside.
- In a heavy bottomed large sized pan over medium heat, start the brown butter by melting the 6 tablespoon of butter and stirring it constantly as it melts. Butter will begin to release moisture and start foaming, so keep stirring until the foam subsides and butter become a light brown with darker brown flecks throughout. Remove from heat immediately, allow to cool for about 1 minute, then gently stir in the 2 tablespoons of herb cranberry sauce. Add the gnocchi to the pan and mix well, until all pieces are thoroughly coated. Serve immediately!
Holy cow...oh I mean, cranberry! Karrie, I do love gnocchi, pasta, and sweet&savory pasta ideas, and this recipe is phenomenal. Seriously. I should have developed it:) But I haven't. But at least I'm proud to get to know you and your blog, and now this fabulous idea! Really well done.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
I love gnocchi! It is wonderful comfort food. Using cranberries is such a great idea and perfect for this time of year!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
What a fun and festive looking mince cranberry gnocchi. How awesome and unique idea. I have never heard of cranberry gnocchi before, bur I can tell this is pretty delicious! This will be perfect for this festive season.
WHAT!? Talk about a unique AF recipe!!!! I don't know if this is dessert or an entree but it's pretty kick butt!!! Pair it with some turkey and BAM! Thanksgiving HEAVEN!
I have never heard of cranberry gnocchi before, but now I have to have it! How delicious and unique.
Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix
Oh my goodness, Karrie. This is seriously making my life right now. What a perfect idea to use tart cranberries to cut the richness of the gnocchi and browned butter! It sounds like the most amazing combo. I have to tell you, I've only tried making gnocchi once before and it was just so bad.. I'd say "gummy and dense" would be a good, maybe even kind description. I didn't bake my potatoes though and now I'm thinking that's why! Thanks for that awesome tip, I definitely need to give making them another shot! Pinning! XO
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
You made gnocci with cranberries and brown butter?!?!?!!? I've never seen anything like this and it's so pretty! It would be perfect for Christmas too with that gorgeous color! You're totally going to win the contest! Happy Thanksgiving, K!
Enjoy your well deserved time of with J and the dogs, Karrie!! In the meantime, I thank you on behalf of all the vegetarians 🙂 . These cranberries gnocchi must be divine in texture and flavor! And they look so pretty! Yum!
AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon
This is so creative and you do such an awesome job with it. I've always thought of gnocchi being so time consuming to make, but reading your directions you make it sound so straight forward and not that difficult. Great instructions, thanks!
Ruby & Cake
I love gnocchi but I stink at making it. Seriously they turn out like hard little turd bullets every time. I shall have to give this recipe a try though (jst hope I dont ruin it) Cranberry gnocchi is such a brilliant idea! and i love the colour 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
I am OBSESSED with gnocchi, but seriously what sane person isn't right? I mean they are so soft, pillow-y and straight up AWESOME. Obviously I am completely digging this dish! So unique and festive with the cranberries! And I swoon over ANYTHING with brown butter! Heavenly deliciousness going on here, girlfriend!! Cheers!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
How unique is this, Karrie?! Gnocchi is such comfort food and I'd just eat a big ol' bowl of this and then I'd go back for seconds. Cranberries are so good, but you totally had me at brown butter. Just the smell of that stuff and I'm in love. And you've really freshened it up with the herbs. Rosemary is one of my faves 🙂 Good luck with the contest! And a happy thanksgiving to you, J and your fur babies! xoxo