Smoked Salmon Gnocchi recipe
Smoked Salmon Gnocchi 

Serves 4.

My cousin Federica, taught me this recipe in her family kitchen in Rome. She would whip up this dish effortlessly for lunch or dinner, a recipe that is still in my repertoire almost 15 years later. The truffle or porcini powder can be found online or at specialty Italian grocers. Ideally if you can hand make the gnocchi, that would taste best. I assume however, that for most of us it will not always be possible, so head to your favourite pasta merchant (there are some  great options at local markets) and give this incredibly easy and filling smoked salmon gnocchi a go.

Variations: You can substitute many ingredients in this recipe. Instead of smoked salmon, use smoked ocean trout. Mushrooms are a beautiful addition, and you can add paprika instead of the truffle or porcini powder. Fresh herbs like thyme, dill or spring onions work well served atop the gnocchi.

Smoked Salmon Gnocchi

Serves 4


4 teaspoons fine sea salt 

1 medium sized brown or Spanish onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons quality olive oil

250g smoked salmon or hot smoked whole salmon, roughly chopped

500g potato gnocchi or 350g caserecce

½ teaspoon truffle or porcini powder

500ml cooking cream

Cracked pepper to serve

In a medium sized pot, bring water and salt to boil.

In a medium frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat and add the onion. Fry and stir regularly until brown, about 5 minutes.

Add the salmon and fry together with the onion for 2 – 3 minutes, until the salmon pales slightly.

Once water has boiled, add the gnocchi and boil for the time stated on the packet.

Add the cream to the onions and salmon and stir to mix well. Cook until the cream begins to bubble, about 4-5 minutes then turn heat to low.

Strain the gnocchi and pour it into a large serving bowl.

Add the truffle powder to the cream sauce and stir gently to combine. After 2 minutes, pour the sauce over the gnocchi, and give it a nice sprinkling of cracked pepper. Serve immediately.

Smoked Salmon Gnocchi

Notes: There are many ingredients which can be chopped and changed and substituted here. Mushrooms are a beautiful addition, as well as herbs like dill, and paprika can be added instead of the Truffle oil. Fresh herbs like thyme or spring onions work well served fresh atop the gnocchi.

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