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You win some, you lose some

by Meghann on March 19, 2010

Unfortunately tonight was a loss. ๐Ÿ™

The evening did start with the best of intentions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had printed out Kath’s recipe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi and thought it would be a fun recipe that Derek and I could make together.

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Derek had never even heard of gnocchi before and I had only ever had it once at a restaurant, so we both weren’t sure what to expect.

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We followed the recipe exactly and ended up with little puffs of gnocchi.

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The gnocchi seemed a bit dry after we cooked it in the butter. It seemed like it was missing something?

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After a quick taste test, we ended up coating the gnocchi with some jarred marinara sauce just to give it a little extra flavor.

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With cooked spinach on the side.

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I’m not sure if we cooked the gnocchi wrong or if it was the way it was suppose to taste, but both Derek and I were not impressed with the dish. The gnocchi were too chewy and ultimately flavorless. #fail

Again, both of us are not that familiar with gnocchi by any means, so we weren’t sure how the final product was suppose to taste. I told Derek next time we go to an italian restaurant one of us has to order gnocchi just to do a texture comparison.

I was hoping to make up with my lackluster dinner creation by splitting the last of my Chocomize bars with Derek.

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For this bar I had selected dark chocolate with cayenne pepper, pepper, cinnamon, mango dices, and potato chips.

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I was going for a spicy chocolate feel with this bar, a fact I forgot to warn Derek about. Oopppss…

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As with all their toppings, the great people at chocomize were a little heavy handed with the cayenne pepper. I didn’t mind it. The spiciness gave the chocolate a fun twist, however; Derek took two bites and decided that he had enough.

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Luckily I was able to make up for the dinner and chocolate with the large tub of chocolate ice cream I keep in the freezer just for Derek. I’m not a fan of chocolate ice cream (I know I’m a weirdo), but Derek LOVES it and I know it will always make him happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ One large bowl of chocolate ice cream later and he was set for the night.

Time to relax on the couch and watch trashy tv.

Good night!

1 Evan Thomas March 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Aww well. I think intentions are 90% of it, and all your intentions were good.
Gnocchi are HARD so don’t be down on yourself at all! Maybe you didn’t boil them long enough? That or too much flour/not cooking the potato long enough. They also come out better from frozen rather than fresh. There’s a lot to gnocchi as my Italian mother could tell you

2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I tried making gnocchi with our leftover mashed potatoes after Thanksgiving dinner. I definitely didn’t use enough flour so it was gooey and sticky. I think it needs a lot of flour to become doughy. I haven’t tried making it again though.

3 Heather March 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

yikes…gnocchi is definitely both an aquired taste and probably fairly complicated to make. you guys are brave for just attempting! hope the chocolate ice cream smooths it all over for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Matt March 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Gnocchi is actually suppose to be kind of chewy, at least that is how I have always had it. I LOVE it!

5 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Gnocci is chewy….but I agree, it’s BLAND. I’ve never been impressed.

I can’t stand chocolate ice cream either.

6 Jenny March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I absolutely love spicy chocolate!

7 Jill March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I’m Italian and have been around gnocchi all my life. I’ve even helped make them many many times and it is very difficult to get them right the first time… or second or third. But once you’ve tasted *good* gnocchi, you’ll want to try again. They’re worth it! Light, pillowy, delish. Keep trying!

8 flybynyght March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Gnocchi = chewy pasta type thing. The end! It all depends on what spices etc., you put in it, or eat it with! I love it though!

9 inmytummy March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I don’t like chocolate ice cream either. never have.

10 Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? March 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Gnocchi is apparently one of the most difficult italian dishes to make so don’t stress! They looked really pretty and spot on at least! Maybe you needed some parmesan cheese on top? The best gnocchi dishes I’ve had at restaurants have been very buttery and saucy. Once I had it with buttery sliced zucchini which was so creamy and delicious. It’s also good with goats cheese. I’ve never had the guts to make it myself though, I just stick to having it at restaurants – so good on you for giving it a go!

11 Jessica Livingston March 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Publix actually sells packaged sweet potato gnocchi in the pasta aisle… I make it all the time, it’s really good… usually have to season it though ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Amy @ Second City Randomness March 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Oh I just LOVE gnocchi! But I can imagine making it from scratch would be difficult. I would try it out at some of the supermarkets in the organic aisle or Trader Joe’s- that’s where I get mine!

Ice cream is always a solid fallback.

13 Erin March 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Aw, lame. Gnocchi is so delicious but at least dessert looks awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€ The most important part of any meal!

14 kathleen March 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

meghann —
this is going to seem like a silly question, but you did boil the gnocchi first before pan sauteeing right?! just thought i would check because you didn’t mention it and that would definitely account for dryness!

15 Meghann March 20, 2010 at 7:01 am

Yes, I boiled them. I swear I followed the recipe exactly! ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Kate E March 19, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I have had gnocchi at home and in 4 star restaurants and it never ever ever has tickled my fancy. To me it always tastes like little dough balls that are some what out of place. It is just always off hmphhhhh

sorry for the stinky dinner!

17 lc9386 March 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

i’ve only “made” pre-made gnocchi from target. i don’t think gnocchi is supposed to be super flavorful. but i just love the texture.

18 Molly March 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

I have tried gnocchi before and honestly wasn’t that impressed either. It is not the ‘pasta’ dish for me! Then again I am not a big pasta girl. Way to step outside the box though and try a new recipe.

Spicy chocolate.. I don’t know if that would be my thing either. But dark chocolate = YES!

19 Crystal March 20, 2010 at 2:37 am

Thank goodness for emergency ice cream! ๐Ÿ˜‰

20 Marina March 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

I would love to try sweet potato gnocchi. I used to adore gnocchi, but I haven’t had them in ages. Stupid fear of food :/

21 britchickruns March 20, 2010 at 4:43 am

Ooh I was planning on making sweet po gnocchi today after I saw it on Iowa Girl Eats…but now I’m scared too!! oh decisions….

22 healthyamy March 20, 2010 at 5:15 am

I have had gnocchi once (supermarket bought) and i thought it was bland and gooey! I don’t think i will be trying it again!

hmm…chocolate and chilli? i’m not sure about that one!

23 Alison March 20, 2010 at 7:16 am

Sorry about your lackluster dinner. It’s bound to happen every once in a while, but it’s still disappointing.
I’m not a huge fan of chocolate ice cream either; I’ll eat it, but it’s not my fave.

24 Samantha J March 20, 2010 at 7:19 am

I’ve gotten gnocchi a few times and it always tastes like you described it. I’ve just determined that I’m not a fan! I always feel like I’m eating a pile of dough or something…

25 Can You Stay for Dinner March 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

still fun that you tried the recipe! It does seem like a good idea, but I’m sorry that it was a bust. Have a happy Saturday!

26 jentrinque March 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

I made both sweet potato and regular potato gnocchi last week, actually! I didn’t follow Kath’s recipe, because I didn’t want to put an egg in it, but I did put the cinnamon in. I made the regular potato gnocchi for my sweetie and he loved them, and I tasted one and thought it was good, too. My sweet potato gnocchi were okay…they tasted a little bland to me, too.

27 Heather March 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

The picture looks so promising…stinks it wasn’t that great ๐Ÿ™ I love the idea of sweet potatoes for gnocchi though ๐Ÿ™‚

28 RhodeyGirl March 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

Meghann, You have the telltale signs of overworked gnocchi. If you play with the dough for too long it becomes overly chewy, rather than light and fluffy. It should taste like a soft pillow in your mouth. ๐Ÿ™‚ Try again, but don’t work the dough too much. You want to work it *just enough* so that the ingredients come together. Happy weekend!

29 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 20, 2010 at 9:15 am

You did boil it, right? I mean, you don’t have any pictures of that part. After rolling it out and cutting it into pieces you are supposed to roll each piece off the end of a fork (to get the tine imprints on it which allows the sauce to stick to it).
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the gnocchi. When the gnocchi floats to the top, then you take it out with a slotted spoon. Add butter and sauce and serve. It should be a bit tender but not chewy.

30 theprocessofhealing March 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

Oh well, like many have said, gnocchi is HARD to cook!!! i have problems even with the gnocchi that you just have to boil. At least you had fun!

31 Elisa March 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

If you did forget to boil it that is your problem. If you did boil it and you want it a little more crisp, crisp it in a pan with oil not butter. ๐Ÿ™‚

32 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

I love making gnocchi but its tough to get the right combo of flour and potato. Having a ricer for the potatoes really helps, and if you use too much flour they can be awful!

33 Pie @ Life of Oats March 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

Oh, sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the gnocchi, they look so promising!
They are pretty bland so I don’t think you did anything wrong. It’s like chewing on raw dough but firmer.
But as other’s said, it’s an acquired taste, they usually don’t have a kick-in-the-face flavour even with sauce!
I found that I prefer my gnocchi pan fried so they are crispy on the outside and smooth chewy on the inside.

xxx

34 missyrayn March 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

I keep ice cream on hand for Hunni too. It helps for the days I’m heavy handed with the spice and he doesn’t eat dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

35 Kelly March 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

Aww well it’s the thought that counts!

36 Luna March 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

mmmm gnocci. they are good…with regular potatoes though ๐Ÿ˜‰ were potatoes cold cold when you added flour?next time try not to put eggs and less flour ๐Ÿ˜‰

37 sarah (the SHU box) March 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

i’m sad the gnocchi wasn’t good — it LOOKS awesome.

i don’t like chocolate cream either, though i LOVE chocolate . . and ice cream! just not together.

38 a March 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I m not a fan of gnocchi solely because of the texture. Maybe i didn’t make mine right either though ๐Ÿ™

39 simplyshaka March 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I had a fail of gnocchi as well. I think it was b/c I used whole wheat flour and not white though? One of my friends who makes it often says that white is better to use when making it.

40 Kath March 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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That was my favorite recipe we’ve made ALL YEAR!

41 Jill March 21, 2010 at 2:06 am

I have had good and bad gnocchi. When it’s good it’s good..but when it is bad it’s bad…

You will know when it is good–light, tender…yum. Making it is a challenge that I never partake in–good for you!
I have tried once and it just did not turn out right?

42 DiningAndDishing March 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

aw im bummed your gnocchi was a fail! it is one of my all-time favorite foods actually for the texture. gnocchi is like little pillows of pasta and absolutely delish! you will have to order some (although some restaraunts don’t do a great version) and then re-try making it yourself. i promise it is amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

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