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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Gnocchi with Spinach, Bacon and Mustard Cream Sauce and a Giveaway


I've always wanted to make gnocchi but there was one thing missing.  I didn't have a Potato Ricer and, while I could have spent hours mashing and pushing potatoes through a sieve - it never really appealed.

However, just before Christmas OXO Good Grips sent me a Potato Ricer to review and it is now one of my favourite kitchen tools. It makes the most fantastic smooth mashed potato, lumps are a thing of the past and that is why you need one to make good gnocchi.


I made my gnocchi using a recipe I found on Pinterest which was posted by Nicole at Cooking for Keeps: How to make Light as Air Gnocchi.  It was a very simple process, once the potatoes have been pushed through the ricer, you add eggs, flour and salt, then roll out the gnocchi, cut and press a fork into the cut edge.  The gnocchi is then boiled for 7 minutes before being served with sauce.

One of the joys of social media and the Foodie community is that you get some great advice about making the best of new recipes you are trying.  I had posted a photo of the uncooked gnocchi expressing my hope that it would taste as good as it looked once cooked.  Becca from Amuse Your Bouche replied to suggest that I sauted the gnocchi in butter after boiling in water to improve the flavour and texture.  You can read more about Becca's Sauted Gnocchi in Simple Garlic Butter Sauce  you don't need much more than this simple sauce when you saute your gnocchi.


The sauce I made had a few more ingredients wasn't too complicated. It's another recipe I found on Pinterest for Gnocchi in Mustard Cream from Maras Wonderland (it's a German blog, but if you scroll down Maras also has the recipe in English.  I added about 200g of spinach to the pan with the onion and let it wilt down before adding the other ingredients.

The most excellent news is that I have one OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer worth Ā£30 to Giveaway to one lucky person, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter.


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123 Comments:

At 14 March 2015 at 08:10 , Blogger Laura Denman said...

With lots of lovely gravy or on top of a cottage pie, topped with cheese are my favourite ways!

 
At 14 March 2015 at 10:54 , Blogger Tracey Peach said...

With lots of butter mashed in

 
At 14 March 2015 at 11:47 , Blogger laura banks said...

i have mine with sausages and beans

 
At 14 March 2015 at 15:18 , Blogger Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche said...

Glad I inspired you, your gnocchi look amazing! I always forget how much I love them. And I like to serve mashed potato with a pie and gravy!! :)

 
At 14 March 2015 at 15:46 , Blogger Cat Williams said...

Everything! I'm a mashed potato fiend but especially with sausage and tasty beef gravy

 
At 14 March 2015 at 16:05 , Blogger jeanniev1 said...

Would be great to use when making fishcakes, take a lot of the hard work out for me.

 
At 14 March 2015 at 16:33 , Blogger Katy C Johnston said...

I like to serve it along side a juicy gammon steak & asparagus. I'll always season it with fresh parsley x

 
At 14 March 2015 at 16:49 , Blogger wendy said...

I love my mashed potato creamy, sometimes with mixed herbs added x

 
At 14 March 2015 at 17:33 , Blogger Kelly Lawton said...

I usually mash with butter and then whisk through to ensure no lumps and add a sprinkle of black pepper! :)

 
At 14 March 2015 at 18:19 , Blogger Claire Jessiman said...

That looks absolutely amazing! Gnocchi is my daughters absolute favourite food. Have you tried it with sweet potato? Works really well.

 
At 14 March 2015 at 20:33 , Blogger Kim Neville said...

Nice and buttery with gravy, sausages, peas and sweetcorn

 
At 14 March 2015 at 23:07 , Blogger Sarah Davies said...

With butter mashed in.

 
At 15 March 2015 at 08:10 , Blogger kj19 said...

with loads and loads of butter ... I love gnocchi, I have instead of pasta on spag bowl etc

 
At 15 March 2015 at 19:49 , Blogger frances hopkins said...

With butter and milk x

 
At 15 March 2015 at 20:42 , Blogger Jo m Welsh said...

With plenty of butter and milk and then lashings of gravy on top

 
At 15 March 2015 at 22:09 , Blogger Nayna Kanabar said...

What a lovely kitchen tool, your recipe looks delicious.

 
At 16 March 2015 at 14:00 , Blogger Jayne said...

With butter and grated cheese mashed in too.

 
At 16 March 2015 at 15:13 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

GREAT recipe and the ricer looks very nifty too Janice! Karen

 
At 16 March 2015 at 18:52 , Blogger olivia280177 said...

I hate butter so I have it with olive oil or mustard with pork - yummy

 
At 17 March 2015 at 08:37 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

I have never used a potato ricer. I have a very good OXO potato masher, but also a traditional Russian wooden carved masher, which works well. Love your gnocchi, very tasty!

 
At 17 March 2015 at 14:05 , Blogger Kim Plant said...

with a bit of butter and mayo xx

 
At 17 March 2015 at 21:37 , Blogger Stuart Vettese said...

I've always wanted to give gnocchi a go - looks quite easy Janice. Thanks for letting us see x

 
At 19 March 2015 at 14:27 , Blogger Tina Holmes said...

SAUSAGE AND MASH! YUM

 
At 20 March 2015 at 07:09 , Blogger tinkertink2010 said...

Lots of butter, splash of milk and salt and pepper. I love bangers and mash with onion gravy. And my secret food shame - mash, beans and fish fingers (I know shameful!)

 
At 20 March 2015 at 22:08 , Blogger Lynn said...

i love my mash with liver and bacon and onion gravy

 
At 21 March 2015 at 12:27 , Blogger belleau kitchen said...

i'm such a fan of gnocchi and I only ever order it in restaurants because it seems so special but in fact, as you've shown here, it's actually very easy... I LOVE your sauce. Any creamy sauce with pasta is my favourite and the added mustard sounds divine... lovely post xx

 
At 22 March 2015 at 13:24 , Blogger Caroline Muspratt said...

Fairly plain with just butter and milk added, though I do sometimes add cheese

 
At 22 March 2015 at 19:59 , Blogger Choclette Blogger said...

Mmm gnocchi, sounds fabulous with that sauce Janice. I haven't tried making it in years - I need a potato ricer, obviously!

 
At 23 March 2015 at 11:08 , Blogger emily4444 said...

with butter and cheese!

 
At 25 March 2015 at 22:01 , OpenID vanillaletters said...

on top of a cottage pie

 
At 25 March 2015 at 22:02 , Blogger izbiz88 said...

Lots of milk, butter and seasoning...sometimes add cheese if I'm feeling a bit naughty ;-)

Elizabeth H

 
At 25 March 2015 at 22:14 , Blogger Leanne Masters said...

Butter and a little bit of milk!

 
At 25 March 2015 at 22:20 , Blogger Victoria said...

I love a mustard mash with my local butcher's sausages

 
At 25 March 2015 at 22:39 , Blogger Pooky said...

With lots of butter, pepper and cheese

 
At 25 March 2015 at 23:01 , Blogger Lorraine Tinsley said...

With loads of gravy, garden peas and sausages :)

 
At 25 March 2015 at 23:41 , Blogger Kat Lucas said...

With peels on & American country gravy

 
At 25 March 2015 at 23:46 , Blogger Jayne Kennedy said...

Touch of milk, lots of butter and salt, and served with anything :-)

 
At 26 March 2015 at 00:01 , Anonymous Jazz said...

buttery and mashed in with turnip :)

 
At 26 March 2015 at 05:59 , Blogger Jim Milligan said...

With lots of butter, and the occasional dollop of mustard.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 06:32 , Blogger Bryony Brooke said...

With lots of butter mashed in, lots of gravy and crispy onions!

 
At 26 March 2015 at 06:48 , Blogger mummy24 said...

with plenty butter!

Ashleigh

 
At 26 March 2015 at 07:10 , Anonymous Richard Randall said...

With olive oil and salt and cooked off in a bain marie.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 08:35 , OpenID 342aef2c-c684-11e3-883c-000f20980440 said...

With Bacon and Cheese.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 08:54 , Anonymous NicolaP said...

With butter and a bit of milk - sometimes add some mustard seeds.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 09:12 , Blogger moonray said...

with roasted garlic and almond milk ( Laura Jeffs)

 
At 26 March 2015 at 09:32 , Blogger Sarah Pybus said...

On the side of a nice steak pie with loads of gravy and peas :)

 
At 26 March 2015 at 10:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a big knob of real butter.
@gavrc

 
At 26 March 2015 at 10:43 , Anonymous kris said...

mashed with butter

 
At 26 March 2015 at 11:05 , Blogger soozybee said...

with butter

 
At 26 March 2015 at 11:29 , Blogger Louise A said...

with butter, salt and pepper...if I'm doing a large amount I sometimes add an egg too

 
At 26 March 2015 at 11:42 , Blogger kasza said...

With butter and whole grain mustard

 
At 26 March 2015 at 11:47 , Blogger Penny said...

with butter and lots of black pepper

 
At 26 March 2015 at 12:11 , Blogger Aimz said...

Cheese and potato pie covered in baked beans.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 13:13 , Blogger Claire Blaney said...

I love my mashed potato creamy with mash & butter, with anything were eating it goes with loads of things

 
At 26 March 2015 at 13:26 , Blogger dorsetsgem said...

with lots of butter and cheese

 
At 26 March 2015 at 17:51 , Blogger Zoe G said...

Always put butter in it and love it with a roast dinner with loads of gravy

 
At 26 March 2015 at 17:57 , Blogger youngatheart said...

Smooth with butter & milk

 
At 26 March 2015 at 18:31 , Blogger fozia Akhtar said...

with cheese

 
At 26 March 2015 at 19:48 , Blogger Heather Haigh said...

With braised lamb and cabbatge

 
At 26 March 2015 at 20:54 , Blogger Paul said...

With butter and milk, usually alongside pie and gravy.

 
At 26 March 2015 at 22:01 , Blogger jenniwren12 said...

creamy and buttery, lots of salt and pepper and sometimes nutmeg

 
At 26 March 2015 at 22:28 , Blogger bloomers said...

with lots of butter and cheese!

kirstyjfox AT yahoo DOT com

 
At 26 March 2015 at 22:37 , Blogger Kirsten said...

With cheese and spring onions

 
At 26 March 2015 at 23:53 , Blogger Richard Tyler said...

With Milk, Salt, Pepper, Butter, Cheese :)

 
At 27 March 2015 at 00:17 , Blogger Caroline said...

I do love gnocchi and would love to try making my own but haven't. I think the favourite in this house is rough mashed with skins on served with veggie sausage and onion gravy.

 
At 27 March 2015 at 08:46 , Blogger maxineflossy said...

with lashings of butter, cream, pepper and spring onions!

 
At 27 March 2015 at 10:58 , Anonymous Tom said...

Sausages, buttery, buttery mash, onion gravy, mustard. Delicious.

 
At 27 March 2015 at 16:02 , Blogger geezerbird44 said...

Sausage and mash with mushy peas and gravy

 
At 27 March 2015 at 21:36 , Blogger mellysocks said...

With butter and served with sausages and beans :)

 
At 27 March 2015 at 21:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

with butter and salt

rominy colville

 
At 28 March 2015 at 13:35 , Blogger Lois Eaton said...

Love mash with grated cheese mixed in.

 
At 29 March 2015 at 14:52 , Blogger Kelly Hirst said...

Love it with wholegrain mustard served with a home baked pie

Kelly Ellen Hirst

 
At 29 March 2015 at 15:59 , Blogger Sarah Lee said...

With lots of butter and a little splash of of milk

 
At 29 March 2015 at 19:59 , Blogger Sam McKean said...

With beans and cheese!

 
At 4 April 2015 at 00:25 , Blogger angie mummy said...

With lots of butter

 
At 5 April 2015 at 20:21 , Blogger Helen Witman said...

Heaps of butter and a splash or two of cream.

 
At 5 April 2015 at 23:18 , Blogger Nadia said...

With salted butter and creamy milk ......

 
At 7 April 2015 at 15:56 , Blogger Holly Smith said...

With cheese even though it's naughty!

 
At 8 April 2015 at 10:17 , Blogger kerry bennett said...

With lots of butter

 
At 8 April 2015 at 23:55 , Anonymous Teresa Lee said...

With sausages, mushrooms and onion gravy

 
At 9 April 2015 at 21:50 , Blogger WeeWillieWilkie said...

On top of a fish pie :)

 
At 9 April 2015 at 23:09 , Blogger Patricia Avery said...

Mash with a little salt and butter then cover in a thick gravy :)

 
At 10 April 2015 at 16:51 , Anonymous Mark Fridlington said...

with a small amount of butter

 
At 11 April 2015 at 21:25 , Blogger dangermouse said...

With salted butter and freshly ground black pepper

 
At 11 April 2015 at 22:44 , Blogger lucyrobinson said...

with butter and grated cheese. x

 
At 11 April 2015 at 23:21 , Blogger Dessallara said...

With gravy and sausages :)

 
At 12 April 2015 at 08:15 , Blogger weir shane said...

i have mine with sausages and beans - leanne w

 
At 12 April 2015 at 19:04 , Anonymous Fanny Tran said...

With a lot of cream and saussages of course

 
At 13 April 2015 at 11:55 , Blogger dwerry said...

Mashed with a drop of olive oil & butter.

 
At 14 April 2015 at 08:15 , Blogger Sarah Franks said...

I love it done as a colcannon style with spinach added to it - use butter to soften the mash, and add some white pepper to season it.

I also love sweet potato mash with some crushed garlic in it and a nice dollop of butter added! If you've only got one sweet potato and one white potato, mixing the two works great as well. ;)

 
At 14 April 2015 at 11:32 , Blogger Clare Davies said...

with herby pork and apple :) x

 
At 14 April 2015 at 20:34 , Blogger claire wilkinson said...

i fry some finely chopped onion with sugar then add to boiled potatoes, delish!!

 
At 14 April 2015 at 20:41 , Blogger Sarah Robinson said...

I love mash with sausage and baked beans ;-)

 
At 14 April 2015 at 20:57 , Anonymous claire blake said...

With cheese and mayo x

 
At 14 April 2015 at 21:17 , Blogger Andrew Hindley said...

Mashed with Garlic & Herb Philladelphia Cheese

 
At 14 April 2015 at 21:19 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually do it plain, with a little butter but with cheese is great :)

@jamiecomps

 
At 15 April 2015 at 12:35 , Blogger snarepuss said...

with gravy :)

 
At 15 April 2015 at 13:15 , Blogger rm95 said...

With lashings of butter

 
At 15 April 2015 at 13:57 , Anonymous Darlene said...

Usually just mashed with butter, but for a change I add finely sliced spring onion.

 
At 15 April 2015 at 14:16 , Anonymous Maggie Lee-Roberts said...

Mashed with lots of butter and some milk. Great with lots of gravy on top!

 
At 15 April 2015 at 15:31 , Blogger Emily Knight said...

I serve it with a warming beef stew in winter - or as gnocchi, like you!

 
At 15 April 2015 at 17:07 , Blogger Helen Allan said...

I like to stir in a little wholegrain mustard and serve with savoy cabbage and sausages. Thank you!

 
At 15 April 2015 at 17:08 , Blogger chirag patel said...

with lots of butter and cheese

 
At 15 April 2015 at 17:19 , Blogger Ser said...

buttery mash, in a big yorkshire pud, sausages and lots of onion gravy

 
At 15 April 2015 at 19:50 , Blogger matphil said...

With lots of butter and milk and covered in gravy.

 
At 15 April 2015 at 19:59 , Blogger Katie Witherington said...

with butter and gravy

 
At 15 April 2015 at 20:02 , Blogger Megan Davies said...

On top of a cottage pie

 
At 15 April 2015 at 20:05 , Blogger Lora said...

I like mixing a bit smoked garlic into it

 
At 15 April 2015 at 20:32 , Blogger Emma Davison said...

On fish pie

 
At 15 April 2015 at 20:36 , Blogger Melissa Manning said...

Loads of butter and some warm milk to make it extra creamy!

 
At 15 April 2015 at 20:54 , Blogger tubbyj said...

with butter and then with sausages in roast tomato sauce ...

 
At 15 April 2015 at 22:14 , Blogger Holly Boyd said...

With butter milk and gravy. Yum!

 
At 15 April 2015 at 22:20 , Blogger Robyn Logan Clarke said...

Butter, milk, a little bit of nutmeg

 
At 15 April 2015 at 22:50 , Blogger Kerry Kilmister said...

salted with red cabbage on top

 
At 15 April 2015 at 23:27 , Blogger Aimee @ WallflowerGirl.co.uk said...

I like to serve it on top of a homemade lentil cottage pie or with some veggie sausages and gravy. Mmm!

 
At 16 April 2015 at 09:14 , Blogger hannahlw85 said...

With a good bit of butter, some milk and course ground black pepper for a bit of extra flavour

 
At 16 April 2015 at 09:30 , Blogger The Bargainista said...

I add a bit of Philly to mine and plenty of gravy

 
At 16 April 2015 at 11:34 , Blogger Milly Youngman said...

With big, juicy pork sausages!

 
At 16 April 2015 at 12:18 , Blogger Ali Johnson said...

With vegetarian sausages & baked beans is my favourite way,

 
At 16 April 2015 at 15:21 , Blogger Clare Bluett said...

With spinach, veggie sausages and gravy. Yum!

 
At 16 April 2015 at 17:08 , Blogger littlemisstrivia said...

with onion gravy

 
At 16 April 2015 at 20:22 , Blogger Em S said...

With tasty sausages and onion gravy,yummy!

 
At 16 April 2015 at 23:05 , Blogger Natalie Crossan said...

with a juicy steak

 

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