Sunday, 10 May 2009

Another Paper Chef entery...

I think I'm going through an un-motivated cooking stage as looking back through my blog, the Paper Chef entries seem to be the only recipes that I'm posting.
This month's ingredients were selected by Bron from
Bron Marshall with a some help from her little fairies.
They selected: Prosciutto, Floury Potatoes, Thyme, and (just for something different) a theme of Mother’s Day for the fourth ingredient.
No stuffing around with wild ideas for this one, I went with my first thought: Gnocchi, with herbed butter and crispy fried prosciutto. And the Mother's Day theme? Flowers, vivid blue Rosemary flowers, both colourful & eatable. If you're looking at the photo you maybe wondering what the black specks are. Well my partner Paul suggested adding some crushed dried truffle to the butter sauce. We had a pack of them sitting in the pantry & they hadn't been used for anything as yet.
The recipe for the gnocchi can be found
here. It was my first ever blog post which I had initially posted on Paul's now closed blog Eat Me! which I moved onto here when I started Spikey Mikeys.

1 portion
100g unsalted butter
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
Rosemary flowers
5-6 fresh sage leaves
scraping fresh nutmeg
1 tsp dried truffle, crushed (optional)
fresh ground black pepper
100g prosciutto
Olive oil
Fresh grated Parmesan

Fry the prosciutto in a little olive oil till it nice & crispy.
Remove & place on paper towels & allow to drain of any excess oil.
Melt the butter of a low heat & add thyme, rosemary, nutmeg & crushed truffles and allow to gently infuse.
Cook the gnocchi as instructed.
Gently toss the gnocchi with the butter sauce and place into a serving dish.
Crumble the crispy prosciutto over the top of the gnocchi.
Sprinkle with the rosemary flowers and serve with the grated Parmesan.

Happy Mother's Day Mum!!! x


Murasaki Shikibu said...

Woooo you always come-up with something nice. So what happened when you were sprinkling the crushed dried truffles? Paul mentioned having to sweep some off the floor. ;)

Mikey said...

The dried truffle was very brittle, so as I was chopping it & crushing it bits were flying off everywhere.....

Murasaki Shikibu said...

lol...that happens with any very dry brittle ingredient but 'sweeping truffle' somehow sounds more glamorous. ;)

Ilva said...

Not only good but also an extremely pretty dish! Trust Paul coming up with the truffle touch!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

And you did to mention mum!
Love that it has pretty flowers for mum and you can eat them too!!