Saturday, June 29, 2013

Morel Gnocchi with Chunky Basil Sauce & Garlic Scapes

Today my little blog turns three! I honestly had no idea I would still be at this three years later but my love of food and sharing it with the world has only become stronger and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
As of today I have a total of 861 entries with over 2,500 recipes. That's like a vegan food dictionary! Thankfully over the years and with a little more effort, my pictures have gotten better (although I still take them with my camera phone) and my recipes more stream-lined. Who knows where I will go from here but I sure do enjoy it.

This meal came about from the bounty of fresh produce I got from my local Farmer's Market this past week. Morels, potatoes, scapes (from a friend's garden) and basil were all purchased and could not have gone together more beautifully.

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Tender, luxurious potato gnocchi stuffed with fresh morels served over basil sauce and garlic scapes, all from the Farmer's Market this week.

Morel Gnocchi
serves 3
8 small yellow potatoes, peeled, small dice
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 cup minced morels
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more if necessary
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Combine the potatoes and garlic with salted, cold water and bring to a boil. Drain and mash completely.
Combine with the morels, flour, salt and pepper and use your hands to work into a ball of dough. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour.
Cut the dough into fours and gently roll and press out each piece into a rope shape about 10 inches long. Cut square pieces out about 1 inch long and set aside until all of the gnocchi is shaped and cut.
Bring a new, clean pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi. Cook for 3-5 minutes until all of the pieces are floating to the top. Reserve 1/2 cup of starchy water for basil sauce and drain the rest.
Heat up the olive oil in a saute pan and add the gnocchi. Cook until just lightly browned and crispy.

Chunky Basil Sauce
1 head fresh basil, stems removed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup starchy potato water from gnocchi, or tap water

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until almost smooth. Add the starchy potato water and pulse a few times more.

Garlic Scapes
1 bunch garlic scapes, roughly chopped
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon
pinch red pepper flakes
salt, to taste

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add the scapes. Cook for 3 minutes then drain.
Heat up the oil in a saute pan and add the scapes. Saute with lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt. Cook for 5 minutes until crisp and tender.


  1. Hi, i wonder if you could recommend any other type of mushroom to replace the morels. its hard to find any others then champignon (white or brown mushroom), portabello or shitake in a regular store here in sweden.

    thanks for lots of good food!

    1. Yes you could use any mushroom you like best. I would recommend Shiitake first!

  2. Tried it today with shiitake and i really enjoyed it. I´ve done gnocchi before with spinach but this recepie gave the gnocchis themself more taste so they could sort of stand on their own legs. thanks!

    By the way, do happen to have any recommendations for good vegan restaurants (casual,"street food") in New York?

    Again, thanks for all the delicious recipes


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