Friday, 24 February 2012

Gnocchi bake with hot smoked salmon and spinach

This is really fine fast food. I don't even think it can be described as cooking, as it is so simple. I offered to cook on a girls weekend and decided to do this recipe as there was some non-meat eaters amongst us. There were 10 of us, it was the most fuss free meal I have ever made for that number of people. Half an hour in the kitchen if that, and we were all sitting down to eat. It's very rich so the portions don't have to be huge. This was yet another pull out from a sunday supplement and one I will make time and time again. Rachel, I think this one is for you, I have a feeling you will love it.

Serves 4
1 x 400g bag of young spinach
200g mascarpone cheese
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1 x 75g packet of dill (oh, I forgot this, it didn't matter)
salt and pepper
300g ready cooked salmon fillets with sweet chilli (or whatever variety you prefer)
500g fresh gnocchi
75g Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat the grill to high and bring a big pan of water to the boil with a pinch of salt.
Make 2-3 holes in the bag of spinach and microwave for 2 minutes so that it wilts. If you don't have a microwave steam the spinach.
Put the mascarpone cheese into a saucepan and add the lemon zest, juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Stir over a low heat until the mascarpone has melted, then add the wilted spinach and flake in the salmon. Try to keep the salmon pieces quite big.
Put the gnocchi into the pan of boiling water and cook for 3 min. A little tip being, when they come to the surface they are done. Drain and return to the saucepan and stir in the salmon sauce.

Pour into a baking dish and cover with the parmesan cheese. Grill for 3-5 min until the top bubbles and is golden brown.


  1. Sounds delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe. :)

  2. I've just picked up some lovely hot smoked Shetland salmon and marscapone from the shop - I showed the OH your recipe and he was keen to try it. We'll have it tommorrow!

  3. It looks delicious and DEFINITELY my kind of dish (that is if I'm the Rachel you mention!). Tonight we're about to try your thai burgers which look really great and were so easy to make which is what i ADORE about all of your recipes. Just so you know what a huge fan I really am, we've also had your chilli 2 nights ago which was yet another winner. Tho my meat was a bit on the chewy side...have you ever tried cooking stews/chillies etc without browning the meat first?? I think it might make it more tender just to chuck in without browning first. I'll give it a go and report back. Also I bought Halloumi for first time ever on your recommendation. I LOVE your blog!! X

    1. Yes that was aimed at you Rachel. Hope the Thai burgers were a success. I think it depends on the cut of beef as to the tenderness and whether it needs browning first. I usually do brown it first but the times I haven't as I've been rushing I can't say I've noticed the difference. I think you'll love halloumi, it's great with some fried chilli too. Thank you for your support lovely comments x