Thursday, February 25, 2010
Gnocchi with Bacon and Sweet Peas
I love to watch FoodTV. It's always on at my house (when I can get hold of the remote). So, the other day I saw Aaron McCargo Jr of Big Daddy's House make this dish and I knew I wanted to try it. Plus I had some bacon on hand and I rarely have bacon on hand.
It turned out really well, and was something that everyone enjoyed.
I will say that this is probably not a weight-friendly meal, but it was still good.
Here's the recipe:
1-pound package potato gnocchi
6 slices bacon, chopped (I had low sodium bacon)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 lemon, juiced
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the gnocchi and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. (I added my frozen peas to this pot to cook)
In a large skillet over medium heat add bacon and cook until slightly crisp. Discard the excess fat. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 30 seconds. Drain the gnocchi and add it to the pan. Stir in the butter, then add the peas, a pinch of black pepper, and a pinch of salt and mix to combine. Add the lemon juice and allow flavors to blend. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer the gnocchi to a serving bowl and serve.
I normally don't like peas either, but served this way, they were quite good.