Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi - served with sticky wings

in PowerHouseCreatives3 years ago (edited)

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Every now and again I love doing a finger supper for us and sticky chicken wings always gets a resounding yes! However, finding sides to accompany the wings (other than chips obviously) can get a little challenging, especially when you want everything to be easy to eat without cutlery. I recently spotted "cheats gnocchi" in a local magazine and I thought that it would be a fantastic fit for the wings, so decided to give it a try.

I will say though (before I even get to the recipe) that whilst the gnocchi was really successful, I genuinely didn't like the taste of the lemon zest and mint in it - it jarred my senses big time! So, have since made it -excluding those two ingredients and replacing them with well drained, VERY finely chopped fried bacon and onion and a little garlic... it completely transformed the flavour profile and creates an amazing finger snack all on it's own!

Sadly however, I will have to do those again to showcase them because I had company at the time of making them so could not really spend the time needed to take pics. Anyhooo, the concept is the same really, and as they always say "different strokes for different folks" perhaps other people may like the zing of the lemon and mint... to me it just reminded me of toothpaste haha.

You will need:

400g of spinach (I used baby spinach)
500g of ricotta cheese
125ml grated parmesan
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250ml flour sifted
15ml grated lemon zest
60ml chopped mint
salt & pepper to taste

First of all you will need to blanch the spinach in boiling water for about 1 minute until it is gorgeously bright green in colour. Then drain it WELL and chop it.







Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix them WELL! Once that is done, your can grab a large board or clear a large, clean working surface and flour it. Take out fistful sizes of the mixture, and roll them out on the floured surface into long ropes. Make sure to compress them nicely, otherwise they will break apart later...













Once they are rolled nicely, you can then cut the rope into 2cm pieces. You will then need to heat a deep pan or pot with water and once the water has reached a gentle boil, gently place each piece of gnocchi into the water. Initially they will sink and once they rise they are done and can be removed from the water. This normally takes about 2 - 3 minutes. Do not over crowd the water, rather do them in batches.




Once they are done you can place them on a greased baking tray, coat them with a little beaten egg or milk and then grill them in the oven until nice and golden on the top. That's it, you are done!




As I mentioned in the beginning, the reason reason I decided to do these in the first place was because of our finger food dinner and the main was the sticky chicken wings. I find that meat these days is so pumped full of water/brine that if you put chicken into the oven it actually boils first... so when I make chicken wings, I always cook them as is for about 30 minutes first just to get rid of the liquid which you can just drain from the oven tray.

Once that is done, then I add the marinade and pop them back into the oven to cook until they are deliciously golden and sticky looking! In this particular instance I used a sticky marinade and a Mediterranean glaze.





I generally toss them throughout the cooking process adding a little more of the marinade combo each time, this way they get wonderfully sticky and crispy all round.




Everything on the plate needs to be easy to eat without cutlery, so I served both of the above on a bed of fresh baby spinach leaves and a few rainbow baby tomatoes. Although the gnocchi takes a little extra time to prepare, there really isn't much else to do, aside from the chicken wings which is as simple as pie, so it is totally worth the effort and the result is a super Summer dinner!





Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx


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Oh selfmade Gnochis. A clear resteem.

Hi @jaynie sorry to bother.. I know this has nothing to do with your article.

I would like to know when is it appropriate to use the powerhousecreatives tag?

 3 years ago 

Hi :) When you are a member @technicalside. You can find an invite link in the footer of ALL my posts :)

Haha @jaynir I did notice hey.. Eventually🤕😊☺️ thanks alot though I started using the SA footer from the discord channel...

Im going to reply on the other post here, no need to spam comments.

Anyway ok it's not your photos. BUT your creative writing is really good.. If you have it, you HAVE it. Really awesome talent to have

Well.. well.. well.. look who finally made it to the mess. This sure is a pleasant surprise. Heck of an introductory contender you got, @jaynie, it sure is nice to see you here, chef. Happy Friday!

Tighten up your belts food fighters.... ish just got real.

 3 years ago 

hahahaha!!! Well, better late than never they say :D And, I did promise after all :D

Happy Friday to you too!!!

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I figured if I bugged you long enough you’d eventually figure out how to shut me up get me to say something like this instead. 😉

Are you trying to get me drunk?!

 3 years ago 

hahahha....goodness, was it THAT obvious? ;)

I wish I lived in your house..

 3 years ago 

Come visit @wales!

 3 years ago 

If I would make this dish it would take 5 hours seriously

 3 years ago 

hahaha nonsense man! :P

 3 years ago 



JaiChai here. How are you and yours?

RE: Your Post

A most delicious looking dish, indeed! Plus, I love Ricotta 'cause it's very friendly to lactose intolerant people like me.

In lak'ech, JaiChai

 3 years ago 

I did not know that! Interesting...

I am very well thanks @jaichai... hope the same on your side :)

This actually looks like something I could possibly make. You probably just make it look easy because you are so good at it already though.

 3 years ago 

hahahaha don't undersell yourself :P It IS very easy to make! Promise.... :)

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That's really an awesome super dinner!😋😃

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 3 years ago 

It certainly was, thanks hon!

Super Yummy! @tipu curate

 3 years ago 

aah thank you @hafizullah and thanks for the tip as well :) Much appreciated x

Wow @jaynie, this looks amazzzing and must say even though I loooove lemon rind in most things, I do agree your bacon bits must have tasted even better in that gnocchi! Great seeing you in the foodfridaynight kitchen:)
Can I come visit you when I'm in Cape Town? Your friends and family sure are blessed!

 3 years ago 

haha thanks @lizelle and yes you MUST come and visit when you come down here!!! As for the bacon substitution, well yes... everything tastes better with bacon lol :)

This once again illicit the mouth juices @jaynie
Not fair to only share it with a lucky few Lol

 3 years ago 

hehehe thanks @papilloncharity! Life needs a teleport option doesn't it :D

 3 years ago 

Looks delicious obviously takes a little more time but worth creating exactly what you enjoy.

Sticky wings and similar things... I always place a piece of heavy duty tin foil over the pan to save time washing after grilling, (just a useless piece of information, I hate scrubbing pans)!

 3 years ago 

Oh yes, I do normally do that as well... it is a life saver haha, butttttt I was out of foil LOL!!!

 3 years ago 

Shopping list.... reminder!

Your Food Fight Friday Contender has been entered into Round 73
May your contender make it out alive and not be placed in a permanent
Food Coma
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Good Luck
Have a

 3 years ago 

hahahaha Awesome, thanks!

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Hey @jaynie, here is a little bit of BEER from @foodfightfriday for you. Enjoy it!

 3 years ago 

Thank you @foodfightfriday :)

I have made gnocchi with potato before, but I like this lower-carb option. I may have to try it.

What an entrance @jaynie. Those spinach and ricotta gnocchi look absolutely delicious. Glad to see your entry, I think. The competition just stepped up a notch.

Wow! This looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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