Friday, January 14, 2011

Gnocchi a la Parisienne -- French Fridays with Dorie


Welcome to our second French Fridays with Dorie recipe for January -- Gnocchi a la Parisienne. This was such a new dish to me, I'd never heard of a French Gnocchi, but love the traditional potato gnocchi and ricotta gnocchi so I could not wait to give this French version a try!


First the pâte à choux dough is shaped, either by spoon or by being squeezed out of a bag and cut (which is what I did) -- this method was mentioned on the FFwD site and after a little internet sleuthing, I found this to be a popular way to form Gnocchi a la Parieienne. The dough is then boiled like regular gnocchi, until they float to the surface, and cooked a minute longer...


My five year old daughter had so much fun watching me make these, we both snuck a few before they were baked with the sauce and thought they were great. The texture was softer than I expected, they reminded me a little of ricotta gnocchi. One option was to whip an egg white and fold it into the gnocchi dough to make it even lighter, I did not do this and am kind of glad I didn't, I think the texture would have been way too light for us.


After the gnocchi are boiled, they are gently place in a baking dish that has been dusted with parmesan cheese and has a layer of absolutely delicious bechamel sauce (one of my favorite sauces!) on the bottom.

Then they are blanketed with another layer of bechamel sauce and some shredded cheeses. Now they are ready to go into the oven.


Finally they come out looking like this, bubbling bechamel, crusty cheese topping, and a few little gnocchi peeking through.

Making this French dish was an enjoyable experience. I made a couple of minor changes, using skim milk instead of whole in the bechamel (since skim is the milk we keep on hand) and leaving off the extra butter dotted on top of the cheese before baking, this was an accidental omission, but I don't think it mattered much since the dish was so rich anyway.

Gnocchi a la Parisienne was such a neat recipe to try, even though my daughter and I are the only ones who finished our servings for dinner. I couldn't help thinking how this would taste extra delicious with some sauteed mushrooms added to it before baking, yum! Picky husband and our two boys only had a bite or two. Picky husband said it was the texture. Oh-well. Can't win them all over all the time, right?

14 comments:

Kayte said...

Yep, guys can be fickle like that for no apparent reason...haven't made this yet, hoping to get to it tomorrow, but I have to see that after seeing yours, I am a whole lot more excited about it as I think it looks delicious...cheese is something I always am "in" for!

gaaarp said...

Your gnocchi look delicious. I liked this dish, but I'm with your husband, it was a bit on the heavy side.

Monica said...

I really like how uniform and even they are! I use a spoon to "drop" them in the simmer water and they look ugly! I was so glad that the bechamel covered them right up.

Denise said...

Yours turned out very luscious and creamy - beautiful!

Steph said...

Wow, your gnocchi look perfect! I was actually surprised that my guys enjoyed this dish. They just asked that a little sausage or proscuitto be added next time.

DessertByCandy said...

I'm surprise the guys didn't love it...all that creamy cheesy sauce! You shaped the gnocchi using piping bag and scissors? So uniform.

Elaine said...

I like the shape of the gnocchi that you get using a bag. Don't feel bad, my husband wouldn't even try it.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

That sauce looks amazing... I can just taste it now! :)

Sarah said...

Your gnocchi look absolutely perfect! I didn't think it would matter all that much because everything would be covered in sauce, but I just love the look of yours.

Cher said...

If I try this again, I would definitely go for the pastry bag shaping. It seems to have worked well for everyone who went that route.

Steph said...

Great job!! I love all your pics, and I love the uniformity of your gnocchi. I went for the messier version with the reaspoon :)

Angie said...

Oh my that looks fantastic!

Jayne said...

Looks great! I shaped mine into quenelles, using two spoons, but I think the pastry bag method version come out looking so much nicer. Beautiful job!

aplatefulofhappiness said...

Looks yummy! As I'm reading all the posts for this week, I'm feeling sorry that I skipped this recipe. It sure looks good.

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