Eggplant Gnocchi w/ Brown Butter and Pine Nut Sauce

Source: The Vegetarian Collection by Allison Kent

I never made the Pine Nut Sauce that is suggested (and listed below) with this recipe, but instead used a Sage-Walnut Butter and a Balsamic Syrup.

Makes 2 servings (I got 3.5)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Eggplant Gnocchi:
1 large eggplant, (about 1 lb/500 g)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour

Eggplant Gnocchi: Peel eggplant and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) cubes. Place on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; toss with salt. Roast in 350°F (180°C) oven, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is very soft, about 40 minutes.

Transfer eggplant to food processor; purée until fairly smooth with some chunks. Add egg; pulse, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, until smooth. Transfer to bowl; stir in 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the flour, adding just enough of the remaining flour to create soft dough.

Turn dough out onto floured work surface; knead a few times, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking, just until dough holds together. Shape into log; divide into quarters. Shape each quarter into 3/4-inch (2 cm) diameter rope.

With sharp knife, cut each rope diagonally into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. (Make-ahead: Freeze on baking sheet for 2 hours or until firm; scrape into resealable freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry pine nuts until lightly toasted and butter just begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi, stirring gently, until they float; boil for 5 minutes.

Return skillet to medium heat; using slotted spoon, scoop gnocchi into hot pan. Add parsley, lemon juice and 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the cooking water; toss to coat.

Nutritional Info (with Brown Butter and Pine Nut Sauce)
Per serving: about –
cal 488
pro 12 g
total fat 21 g
sat. fat 9 g
carb 65 g
fibre 7 g
chol 123 mg
sodium 968 mg


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