Photo: Jerry James Stone
This recipe was created exclusively to pair with a bottle of Cline Cellar's Cool Climate Pinot Noir. I created this recipe along with five others to feature on the back label of this wine bottle. This was the winning wine pairing.
This Pinot Noir has a nice acidity to it with lots of red fruit, toffee and a minty finish. This wine pairs perfectly with the Gorgonzola sauce because the cheese highlights the mint in the wine. I used burnt honey in the gnocchi to keep the dish from feeling too heavy, as is expected with a cream sauce.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Burnt-Honey Gnocchi in Gorgonzola Sauce
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup cream
- 8 ounces Gorgonzola, cut into very small pieces
- 2 cups ricotta
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup flour
- To make Gorgonzola sauce, warm 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and add 2 cloves of garlic, cook for about 2 minutes on medium high.
- Create a roux by adding the 2 tablespoons of flour, mix well. Whisk in the cream and then the broth. Bring to a low simmer and add Gorgonzola. Cook for about 2 minutes until cheese has fully melted.
- To make the Burnt-Honey Gnocchi, strain ricotta of excess water and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- In a small skillet, bring honey to a boil then reduce heat and cook for 1 more minute.
- Fluff ricotta with a fork and add honey. Mix in Parmesan cheese and then flour.
- Let dough sit for 5 minutes, prepare floured work surface and roll heaping scoops of dough into 1/2 inch tubes, then cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Cook gnocchi in medium pot of simmering water until it floats to the top, about 2 minutes.
- Saute cooked gnocchi in 1 tablespoon of butter until browned on each side, toss with Gorgonzola sauce and serve.
This story was originally written for Treehugger. Copyright 2012.
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Butter, garlic roux, dough: Jerry James Stone
Ricotta, Parmesan, flour: Jaymi Heimbuch