Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter



We put up our tree tonight (yeah, I know, its pretty late) and we didn't feel like eating a big dinner. Because of this, we decided to have something quick and easy for dinner tonight. We thought this recipe from Love and Olive Oil (originally from Giada De Laurentiis) sounded delicious. We didn't have any tortellini in the house, but I have had a package of gnocchi in the freezer that I wanted to use up so I figured I'd substitute those instead.

...well, I ended up eating a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner tonight and Joel ate a tangerine.

1 package Fresh Gnocchi
6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/3 cup Walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi and cook acording to package directions. Drain and put them into a large serving bowl. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides and the butter begins to turn golden brown, turn off the heat (about 3 minutes). Let the butter cool for about 1 minute then stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Transfer the gnocchi to the pan with the balsamic brown butter. Sprinkle the top with walnuts and parmesan cheese.


Here is our little tree. Its not exactly the best tree I've ever seen but it will do. This is my first time ever having a real tree. The best part about our tree is that the roots are still attached and wrapped in a burlap sack, so after Christmas we can plant it rather than throw it out. Because of the roots, the only thing we could use to hold the tree was a rectangular Rubbermaid container! Luckily, Joel's Lego train was still able to fit around the bottom!!

After Christmas, we plan to take it to my in-laws' cabin and plant it there. Maybe some day it will grow to a big normal looking tree!!