Crispy gnocci with olives and sun-dried tomatoes recipe

By Simon Rimmer

  1. Serves 4
  2. Ready in 1 hour
  3. Rating

Gnocci is the Italian word for dumplings, and what lovely little dumplings these are. Crispy gnocci with olives and sun-dried tomatoes is a really tasty vegetarian dish, finished under the grill with melted mozzarella and basil, it's irresistible.

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Crispy gnocci with olives and sun-dried tomatoes

Ingredients

  1. 500g medium floury potatoes
  2. 1 large egg, beaten
  3. 250g flour, plus extra for dusting
  4. 100g butter
  5. 100g sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  6. 150g mixed olives, pitted
  7. Handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, plus extra to garnish
  8. 150g ball mozzarella, drained
  9. Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Method

  1. 1. Boil the unpeeled potatoes in a large pan of water for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, remove the potato skins. Mash until really smooth.
  2. 2. Add the egg, plenty of salt and pepper and the flour and mix to a dough. Turn out and knead on a floured surface for a few minutes.
  3. 3. Put a large pan of water on to boil. Cut the dough into 4 and roll out each piece to 2cm ‘ropes’. Cut off at 2.5cm intervals and cook the gnocchi in the boiling water, in batches, for 3-4 minutes (4-5 minutes, if frozen, see tip), until risen to the surface. Refresh in cold water and drain well.
  4. 4. Preheat the grill to high. Heat the butter in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi, in 2 batches, and cook until crispy and golden. Return all the gnocchi to the pan. Add the tomatoes, olives and basil and warm through.
  5. 5. Tear the cheese over the gnocchi, pop the pan under the hot grill, until melted and golden. Serve, drizzled with oil and the extra basil.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 776kcals, 45.5g fat (19.9g saturated), 18.7g protein, 71.1g carbs, 2g sugar, 1.7g salt

Wine Recommendation

Crack open a rounded, easy-going red or a fresh, juicy rosé from France or Italy.

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