Stuck on Food: Gnocchi with Thanksgiving Leftovers!

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Thanksgiving = family time and fantastic food! I absolutely love Thanksgiving. My mom sent a email about two weeks before wanting to know what two dishes was wanted. I requested broccoli salad and macaroni and cheese. YUM! After all the Thanksgiving festivities are over, we had a ton of leftovers. It looked like we didn’t even put a dent in the food! But with stuffed bellies all around, I know we did some damage 🙂

So what do you do with the leftovers? I found this recipe, from The Art of Doing Stuff blog, that looked super easy and yummy. So, I decided to give it a whirl!

Sauce Ingredients:
(** I used a lot of leftovers that were in the fridge, so I’m not sure on the measurements. Just make it taste good!)

  • Leftover cherry tomatoes – I had about 1/2 a container and I cut up all of them
  • 1 can Campbell’s tomato sauce
  • Leftover chopped red and green peppers – together I had about 3/4 a cup
  • 1/2 onion – chopped
  • Oregano (really any Italian spices would help!)

This is easy – cook the onion with some olive oil first over medium heat. Once the onion is translucent, add the tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, and peppers. Turn down the temperature to low, and let it simmer while you are making your gnocchi. Once you are about ready to serve, add the spices and some salt! DONE! Not a hard recipe, but it’s homemade and tastes better than plain ol’ store bought sauce!

Gnocchi Ingredients:

  • Leftover mashed potatoes – I used 2 cups
  • Williams Sonoma Gluten Free Flour – I used almost 1 cup. Make sure you are paying attention to your dough. You don’t want it too sticky, but you don’t want it too tough either! I sprinkled a little more once I was really working with my dough.
  • 1 egg – which you want to beat before adding to the mixture
  • Salt

I asked my mom to help me with some pictures this time, so hopefully I can explain how I did it. Do look at the blog I posted above too – their pics are amazing and super helpful! Basically you make the mixture, you separate it out to make it more manageable, and then you cut your gnocchi. Super easy – don’t add too much flour, and you can’t mess this up!

Start with 1/2 the flour on your working surface – I put down a sheet of freezer paper. Dump the potatoes right on top. Then, make a little well for your egg. Add the egg and sprinkle (or two) of salt. Dump the rest of your flour over the well and get to mixing! I didn’t have a dough scraper, so I used my hands – just as easy. I had to use more flour on my hands though. Separate the finished dough out to workable pieces. You will want to roll them out into a log, cut, and then create your shape. I used a fork to give the gnocchi some ridges so the sauce would stick. After you make the gnocchi, add to boiling water and wait for them to float.

When I did a test taste, I wanted just a little more flavor for the gnocchi, so I melted some butter and tossed them in it. Who is counting calories anyway? It’s Thanksgiving people? Next time, I would definitely pan fry them with a little butter right after they are done in the boiling water. Since you might not want a lot of gnocchi, I want them to be as rich in flavor as possible.

I plated the gnocchi and added the sauce on top. Overall – fantastic! Mom and I both cleaned our plates. I’m still waiting to hear if my Dad actually liked it or not. He’s not as adventurous with food, but if he likes it you know you’ve hit a home run!

I pinned a few more ideas for what to do you with your leftovers – check them out!

Getting Creative in the Pantry

OrganizingwithMasonJarsThe other morning I was awake way before my alarm was set to go off, so I was trying to find something interesting on TV. I wish I could remember what the promotion or infomercial was even for, but they gave me a great idea for organization in my tiny pantry. They had an entire row of mason jars full of dry products, like rice, grains, flour, etc.

I really love that you can see what’s in the jars and how much is left. I can’t ever seem to find a bag clip after I’m used part of a package or rice or flour. Or,  more often than not, when I am ready to reuse my package, I always manage to spill half the contents all over my kitchen.

I have seen ideas like this on Pinterest before, but the fact you don’t have the directions right there always made me pass over the idea. But- these kids on TV had a cute way to put the directions on the mason jars by tying the notecards right on! Brilliant!

I already had the mason jars, twine and note cards – so this project was free! And, I love being able to see what is in the jar. I think if I do this project again, I might want stick on labels or smaller cards. But they do look super cute in my pantry.

There’s tons of variations for this project too! Be creative! Here are a few more ideas I enjoyed reading too: