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Gnocchi Alla Carbonara

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Gnocchi alla carbonara is delicious and I am super sad that I didn’t invent it. I totally thought I did. I was looking in the cupboard at the gnocchi (I am team store-bought gnocchi all the way) and didn’t really want marinara and realized I had carbonara fixings and tada! I pulled it all together. Alas, my recipe invention status was not to be had. I had to check for the spellings of the recipe (so many things to get wrong: gnocci/gnocchi and alla/ala) and there was gnocchi alla carbonara, auto-populating my google results. Whatever.

gnocchi with bacon

Behold! Gnocchi alla carbonara – a dish more delicious than attractive, but so, so delicious.
Serves 2 to 4 depending on hunger levels/other dishes

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1 package pre-made gnocchi (I love the trader joe’s one)
3 strips bacon
1 egg
freshly ground black pepper lots/to taste
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Make

  1. Put water on for gnocchi (follow package directions)
  2. In a pan on medium/medium-high heat, get bacon cooking
  3. When bacon is done cooking, remove from pan. Put on plate with paper towels to blot some grease and then chop and set aside. Do not discard bacon grease from bacon pan.
  4. Gnocchi should be going in the boiling water right about now.
  5. Measure out parmesan and set aside.
  6. Crack and lightly beat egg into a measuring cup or small bowl. Grind some pepper in to the egg and keep that grinder handy.
  7. Make sure your prep work is done by the time the gnocchi is cooked.
  8. Ready? Let’s go! Do the following in order as quickly as possible and be ready to serve. (I normally make a salad before I start making the carbonara and call it good for dinner).
  • Drain gnocchi in colander in the sink, return to pan.
  • Pour bacon grease from bacon pan over gnocchi to coat, not all of it. Just make them shiny.
  • Add egg. Toss to coat.
  • Add chopped bacon, gently mix
  • Add more pepper, gently mix
  • Add parmesan, gently mix
  • Put in dishes, add more black pepper and parmesan to top. Serve with more parmesan/pepper on the side if the people eating have different levels of cheesy, peppery goodness levels.

EAT!

Carbonara Inspired Deviled Eggs

Monday, November 14th, 2011

One of the reasons I started Soup or Salad Blog was a conversation about pasta salad. In fact, I wanted to start a pasta salad blog until I realized that was a little too focused. I wanted to turn dishes in to pasta salads, then regular salads, as an alternative to a hot dish: BLT salad, for example. One of the things I could never get to work was carbonara pasta salad. I thought about trying to make carbonara egg salad instead, but never got around to it. Last week, I needed to make deviled eggs to take to a potluck and I remembered the carbonara/egg salad idea and adapted it to stuffing it in an egg.

I hesitate to publish a recipe for deviled eggs because they can be a little temperamental. You may need more or less mayo or milk. You might prefer more or less pepper. This recipe would be easily halved or doubled (super egg party!) just taste as you do. The parmesan does make these a little dry out more quickly than my usual deviled eggs, so keep them covered and don’t make them more than an hour or two in advance.

Carbonara Deviled Eggs
Makes 24 halves
12 eggs
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons milk
2 heaping tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated, plus some for garnish
1/2 pound bacon (cooked/crumbled) about 1/2 cup or so
1 teaspoon yellow mustard (this is mostly to yellow up the filling, feel free to omit)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt (maybe. If your cheese is pretty salty, you won’t need it, but taste and see)

  1. Cook the eggs (I bring to a boil, starting in cold water. Then, turn off the heat and let sit for 11 minutes. Drain. Then put in a strainer with some ice and let sit at least 30 minutes)
  2. Cook the bacon and chop the bacon (while cooking the eggs or before. You will want the bacon at room temperature or cooler when mixing with the eggs.) I just make some extra when I’m cooking bacon and eggs or something.
  3. Peel the (cooled completely) eggs and slice lengthwise.
  4. Pop the yolk out into a mixing bowl and put the whites onto a plate or tray.
  5. Mash egg yolks with a fork and add remaining ingredients (excluding cheese for garnish) one at a time and mix well between each addition.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more mayo a little at a time if it’s dry. The mayonnaise can over-power the parmesan cheese flavor, so use judiciously.
  7. I usually use a piping bag for filling deviled eggs, but the bacon pieces got stuck. I had to use the heaping spoon method: Holding an egg white in one hand and a heaping spoonful of yolk filling in the other, press the filling down into the indented space in the egg white. Twist the spoon slightly to keep the yolk in the indentation and then use the back of the spoon to smooth the mound of filling. Repeat for all eggs.
  8. Using a vegetable peeler, shave pieces off of the side of a wedge of parmesan and place on top of the eggs for garnish. Or, top with a mound of finely grated cheese, a sprinkle of extra pepper or a light dusting of a colored salt (pink sea salt or a grey smoked salt). I know paprika is a traditional garnish for deviled eggs, but the flavor would really overwhelm the parmesan in these eggs.
  9. Take to a party and impress your friends! Or just eat them at home. Either way, delicious.

 

 

 

 

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