This was an invention that I made during a rainy day in the camper van in Sarnen, Switzerland. Nothing in the fridge and no chance of going to a Swiss supermarket where it is 15 swiss pounds for 2 chicken breasts! I had luckily picked up a packet of these small gnocchi bites at our previous stop in Italy so decided to try and make something nice with what I had in. Ideally I would have liked to have used sage but I found a rosemary bush on our campsite so gave it a whirl and it was lovely.
I went camping again last week and guess what I made again! Its a great easy meal and very tasty.
The first version I made was with small pieces of gnocchi which worked really well, if you cant find them you could cut the big ones in half or if you have some time and patience.. make your own! I did not have this time or patience in a camper van with 2 kids!
Serves 2 as a main meal.
1 packet of gnocchi
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
3 cloves of garlic chopped fine.
1 tsp chilli flakes – optional
A handful of grated parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Salt and pepper
Cook the gnocchi as per the instructions in salted boiling water until soft and then drain and set aside.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a frying pan and very gently warm the garlic for about 5 – 10 minutes on a very low heat making sure it doesn’t go brown and crispy – you just want to infuse the garlic flavour into the oil.
Chop the rosemary and add to the oil along with the butter ( this is not a healthy dish) and chilli flakes if using.
Add the gnocchi into the frying pan with a grind of salt and pepper and warm through.
Sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve!
Easy peasy and very tasty.