E'cco Bistro's Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola, Spinach & Pine Nuts


This is an iconic dish by owner/chef Philip Johnson of E'cco Bistro in Brisbane Australia. You can simply sprinkle with parmesan, or be a bit fancy and make a parmesan crisp (simply put small rounds of grated parmesan on a baking tray in the oven for around 6 minutes, then let cool to crisp.) During winter, E'cco serves them with a bit of grated truffle too.


Serves 6

2 tbs olive oil

4 golden shallots, sliced

3 garlic cloves, sliced

185ml (3⁄4 cup) dry white wine

450ml cream

200g English spinach, stems removed

100g fully matured gorgonzola

(piccante) cheese, roughly chopped

Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

Shaved parmesan cheese

40g (1⁄4 cup) pine nuts, roasted


Potato Gnocchi:

750g waxy potatoes, such at bintje

150g (1 cup) strong flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

50g (1⁄2 cup) freshly grated parmesan

cheese

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Sea salt and freshly ground black

pepper

Olive oil


To make the potato gnocchi, steam the potatoes until tender, allow to cool a little, then peel and pass through mouli or sieve into a bowl – you should have 500g cooked potato.

Fold the flour into the potato, then gently stir in the egg, parmesan and nutmeg and season with sea salt and black pepper – do not overwork thebmixture, or the gnocchi will be tough.


To shape the gnocchi, roll the mixture into cylinders about 2.5cm in diameter. Using a floured knife, cut the cylinders diagonally into 2.5cm lengths.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a simmer. Add the gnocchi and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until they float.

Remove one gnocchi from the water and test – it should be cooked in the centre and not gluey. When cooked, drain the gnocchi and refresh in iced water, then drain again. Toss with a

little olive oil and store, covered, until required.


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and sauté the shallot and garlic for 6-8 minutes, or until the shallot is soft but not coloured. Add the wine and stir well to deglaze the pan, simmering for 5 minutes, or until the wine is reduced by half.

Stir in the cream and continue to simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced by one-third. Add the spinach, gorgonzola and lemon juice, and season to taste with sea salt

and black pepper. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a simmer. Add the gnocchi and reheat for several minutes to warm through. Drain, then add to the sauce and mix lightly.


To serve, spoon into shallow bowls, top with shaved parmesan and scatter with

pine nuts.

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