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.
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.