Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hump Day Afternoon Delight: Pesto Gnocchi with Artichoke Hearts

It's raining and dreary out here, so today the Hump Day Afternoon Delight is delicious comfort food.  I love that this recipe includes instructions on making your own homemade gnocchi; it's so easy I can't believe I have ever purchased it!  

 Once again (you know this spiel if you are a regular around here) today's recipe comes from one of the most amazing and creative people ever, Miranda Crane.  Back in 2008 Miranda created my favorite Livejournal Community ever, arty_chokes, which is a community for step-by-step vegetarian recipes.  The community has sadly been dormant for quite some time, but both Miranda and myself are hoping it will make a comeback with a little bit of pimping.  With Miranda's permission, over the next few weeks I'm going to feature some of her personal top recipes from arty_chokes here at Aias Dot Ca.   If you have a Livejournal, please check the community out and participate in raising it from the dead! Additionally, if you love this recipe and you love pictures of tasty food, please check out Miranda's Flickr where she posts images of her food as well as the recipes!

So without further delay I present to you:

 Pesto Gnocchi with Artichoke Hearts

5-6 med potatoes
1-1 1/2 c. flour
t salt

bunch of fresh basil (aprox 2 T)
1 or 2 clove of garlic
3 T olive oil
1 T grated parmesan cheese
s + p to taste
1 T pine nuts

You'll also need marinated artichoke hearts to toss on top!

peel and chop potatoes
boil until soft

add flour. 

mix into workable dough
roll into snake about 2 cm in diameter

cut into small pieces
press down with a fork (this is really just for decoration)
 Cute gnocchi!

drop into boiling water. gnocchi are done when they float to the top.

Pesto time: basil, garlic, pine nuts

put into food processor with olive oil and parmesan
when combined have a taste. i added some dried basil for a little more flavor.

toss gnocchi with pesto and marinated artichoke hearts. there you have it!

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  1. Oh, this sound so yummy to me and doable. Lucky for me my husband sells pine nuts. :)

  2. Hello hello,

    coming over to check out your blog! Looking good!!!

    and yes the pasta sounds good!

    sorry coudn't log in properly...?


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