By: Revanche

Recipe Countdown Day 8: Gnocchi

June 18, 2009

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter
[Image and Recipe courtesy of]


* 1 pound(s) fresh or frozen gnocchi
* 2 tablespoon(s) butter
* 2 medium shallots, chopped
* 1 pound(s) zucchini (about 3 small), very thinly sliced lengthwise
* 1 pound(s) cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
* 1/4 teaspoon(s) grated nutmeg
* Freshly ground pepper, to taste
* 1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 cup(s) chopped fresh parsley


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions until they float, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add shallots and zucchini and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, salt, nutmeg and pepper and continue cooking, stirring often, until the tomatoes are just starting to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and parsley. Add gnocchi and toss to coat. Serve immediately.


We are 8 business days from the Final Check. Now that we’ve reached the single digits, my mood has perked up despite the uncertainty of the days ahead, and my sense of calm is alarming. Or it would be alarming if I were alarmable. Have I found a little bit of Zen? Let’s not question it, we might scare it away. As long as we’re here in the Happy Zone, I’m going to share and revel in that which also makes me happy: FOOD.

Each day, I’m going to post a new recipe to try during my probable period of unemployment because food pictures are wonderful, now and forever. You know it’s true.

The above recipe is going to require a relocation to BFF’s house where she has all kinds of lovely kitchen equipment. There’s nothing else for it, folks, only a 3.5 hour drive to a friend’s kitchen so that the pretty zucchini ribbons can be made will do. That and because cooking for an audience, and visiting a dragon nephew would make this cookery a Trifecta Win. Just because I’m not working doesn’t mean I can’t multi-task!

3 Responses to “Recipe Countdown Day 8: Gnocchi”

  1. 8 days!

    Awesome, I love recipes. Not a big fan of gnocchi, but I’ll be looking forward to your other ideas.

    I don’t want to start my countdown–when this project officially is cut off, I will be in limbo for some period of time, likely months (!), and work will continue to be miserable.

  2. L.A. Daze says:

    Wow, 8 days already? Time really flies. I remember when it was months…yikes.

    Food porn is always welcome!

  3. Revanche says:

    stackingpennies: I’m looking for better ones, any food group in particular you might like to see?

    You don’t really need a countdown, do you? I thought your manager was going to come up with something after this project. Misery, though, totally understand.

    L.A. Daze: Doesn’t it, though? Felt like it would never get here. 🙂 Have you figured out how to invite folks to your blog, yet? I thought it was pretty easy when I had my privacy invasion.

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