Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, and we have a sneaking suspicion that, while you adore your significant other, you don’t want to cook a three course meal straight after work. Relax, we have you covered with a simple yet scrumptious recipe.
There’s nothing easier than gnocchi with brown sage butter. All you need is a pan, a pot and a source of heat – a hob is preferable but you can build a camp fire if needs must! You can add prosciutto if you like and after you’ve got the hang of browning butter – trust us, there’s nothing to it – you can add as many toppings as you like. Goat’s cheese, minced garlic, crispy shallots, the possibilities are endless!
- 250g gnocchi
- 75g salted butter
- Juice of 1/2 small lemon
- 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped finely
- Chili flakes (optional)
- 4 slices of prosciutto di parma (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A handful of grated parmesan
- Start by filling a pot with water, seasoning with salt until it resembles the taste of of seawater. Bring to boil, turn down to a simmer and add the gnocchi. They should take 2-4 minutes to cook.
- Add the butter to the pan, along with the fresh sage. Keep the hob on medium heat and watch it closely. It will foam up – that’s alright! – just remember to turn down the heat as soon as it turns golden brown with darker spots at the bottom.
- Add the prosciutto to the pan, letting it crisp up before draining the gnocchi and tossing it in too.
- Stir to coat the gnocchi in the sauce. Taste and add the seasoning as desired.
- Stir in the lemon juice and serve. Top with as much parmesan as you can handle.
A young red wine always pairs well with a creamy dish. We recommend a fruity Chianti, especially if you’re including the prosciutto.
Have you tried this recipe? Put your own spin on it? Comment below, we’d love to hear how you got on!