Recipe of the Week: Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms

November 07, 2011

This is the kind of meal that makes you fall in love! A delicious way to make this recipe is to use homemade gnocchi cooked in an intense mushroom stock, then serve the gnocchi with porcini butter (blended with garlic, herbs and Parmesan) and white-truffle shavings. The flavour is like a symphony in your mouth - enjoy!

Ingredients for 6 Servings:

·         2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
·         2 tablespoons unsalted butter
·         2 pounds mixed wild mushrooms, stemmed if necessary and thickly sliced (10 cups)
·         2 shallots, minced
·         1/4 cup dry vermouth
·         3/4 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
·         1/2 cup heavy cream
·         1 teaspoon chopped thyme
·         Salt and freshly ground pepper
·         2 pounds fresh or frozen prepared gnocchi
·         6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
·         1 teaspoon white truffle oil (optional) 


1.    Preheat the broiler. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil with the butter. Add the mushrooms and shallots and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, 12 minutes. Add the vermouth and cook until evaporated. Add the stock, cream and thyme, season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil. 

2.    Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, about 3 minutes. Drain well. Add the gnocchi to the mushrooms and simmer, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan on top. 

3.    Broil the gnocchi 6 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Drizzle with truffle oil and serve.

Pairing Suggestion: Silky, cherry-inflected Valpolicella.

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