Hello hungry peoples,
This is the gnocchi for people who are scared of making gnocchi. It is based on semolina flour, milk and eggs which bind together to form a thick custardy, dough like polenta. Once it chills it is pretty solid and all you have to do is cut in into rounds and ta da…….you have gnocchi! This makes a super rich delicious dish, a bit like a fancy mac and cheese. Semolina is also a good replacement for polenta if you don’t have much time as it cooks super quick.
- 4 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup semolina
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/3 cup grated parmesan
- 50g butter
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Grease a medium sized casserole dish.
- Put the 4 cups of milk into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in the 1 1/1 cups semolina. Stir it until it thickens. Remove from heat.
- Stir in 3 eggs, 1 cup of parmesan and 50g of butter. Gruyere cheese instead of parmesan would be amazing but I didn’t have any. Ce la vie.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour your semolina mixture into the casserole dish. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C.
- Remove your semolina from the casserole dish. It will hold together so you should be able to just turn it upside down.
- Using a biscuit cutter cut the semolina into rounds. You can really do any shape you want but rounds is traditional.
- Arrange the rounds back into the dish. I like to use the off cuts to help prop the rounds up. Plus I hate wasting food.
- Pour your half a cup of cream onto your rounds. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup of parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with a green salad so you don’t have a heart attack. This is one crazy rich dish.
Difficultly: Easy peasy