French Fridays with Dorie + Gnocchi Bechamel

January 14, 2011

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I am feeling a little guilty. I’ve been neglecting my duties at French Fridays with Dorie.  As you know, last week I was away at Food Blog Camp and the week before was New Years Eve, shall I go on with my excuses? Nah! What really matters is that I am back. And back in full form.

When I returned from Mexico, one of the first things I did (aside from devouring my children) was check out what was on the menu for the  month of January for FFwD.  I obviously missed the Paris Mushroom Soup, but became increasingly excited when I read that today’s assignment was Gnocchi a la Parisienne.

I have always wanted to make gnocchi, but was intimidated.  Don’t even ask me why, but I was.  This is not your typical Italian style gnocchi made with potatoes.  This recipe reminds me more of a dumpling. After reading the recipe over and over again, I decided that I wanted to have the gnocchi experience.  The recipe didn’t specify how to shape the dough.  I took the matter into my own hands, watched a few gnocchi videos and replicated the rolling, the cutting, the freezing.

I am glad I did.  I made the bechamel  sauce in advance and then when it was time to serve the dish, I boiled the salted water for the gnocchi and then in small batches cooked the gnocchi. This is a baked dish.  Everything is then put back into the oven (bechamel, gnocchi, a sprinkling of Gruyere + parm) and heated through.  I tossed it in the broiler for a few minutes at the end just to get that burnt cheese taste.

Just think…mac and cheese without the noodles and grated cheddar. This is comfort food at it’s finest!

Gnocchi a la Parisienne
around my french table
page 374

Related Links

Pumpkin Gnocchi – Closet Cooking
How to Make Homemade Gnocchi – the Italian Dishes Blog
Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream Sauce – The Culinary Chronicles
How to Make Gnocchi – Food Nouveau

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jackie Papier January 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Next is making homemade pasta with me! this looks so yummy. I haven’t done gnocchi yet but have wanted to so now I will! Thanks!!!


2 Susan January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I cannot wait to make pasta with you! Let’s make that happen!


3 stephirey January 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Such lovely pictures. Glad you enjoyed. We did too!


4 Susan January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Stephirey – it is so fun cooking as a group! Cannot wait for next weeks chocolate dessert!


5 Beth @Thescreenporch January 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

As always I enjoy your posting. I also enjoy the related links .That is such a great idea. I do pop in often and I’m never disapointed. B:)


6 Susan January 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Hey Beth – thanks for stopping by. If you have this book, I highly tout this recipe!


7 Maria January 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I think this will be my new favorite dish. Can’t wait to try it!


8 Susan January 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Maria, you will love this dish. All three of my kids were “mmmm-ing” throught the meal. I am sure you will get the same reaction from Josh!


9 Kim January 15, 2011 at 4:57 am

It’s alright to neglect our stuffs sometimes. I think I will prepare these gnocchis soon, these are looking so good!


10 Cher January 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

Lovely pictures. Excellent thought on treating these like standard gnocchi. I was wondering how that would work out when I made them.


11 dorie January 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love how you shaped the gnocchi. Beautiful, as always.


12 Adrienne January 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

My dear friend Franca has been threatening to give me a gnocchi lesson. But she only offers in the summer! haha. Now we can try this recipe together and see how this stands up to her Italian version 🙂
Great to meet you at FBC. Hope to see you in April…


13 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

Gnocchi baked in a cheesy bechamel sauce sounds so good!


14 Susan January 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

Wow, Susan! That looks great! We’re in the middle of selling our house & I’ve been wiped out, so I opted out on this recipe, but based on your review, I’ll save it for later! I loved your posts from the blogger conference!


15 Amanda January 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I am SOOOOO intimated by gnocchi!! I love that you conquered your reservations and sdid it so beautifully!!! 🙂


16 Sarah Singleton January 17, 2011 at 1:27 am

Oh, I am itching to get my hands on that book! The recipe looks divine, as does your picture. I enjoyed talking with you on our last night of camp, let’s keep in touch!


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