Green Olive Gnocchi

Green Olive Gnocchi Recipe


Have any of you ever made a sauce from green olives? Me either. Until now. I found myself with a large container of pitted, herb-flecked green olives. And I mean a laaarge container. I don't know what I was thinking. I guess I bought them, intending to use them as part of a dinner spread for friends. Then promptly forgot they existed. I found them the following morning hiding behind a container of feta. And so, olive season on Pierce Street begins. You can imagine my excitement when, I came across a recipe I'd tagged many months ago in Maggie Beer's book, Maggie's Harvest. She makes green olive gnocchi, then tosses it in a quirky, off-beat lightly creamy green olive sauce. The perfect way to put a dent in my olive supply.

Green Olive Gnocchi Recipe

Before we start, let me warn you, this isn't a particularly attractive sauce. And, I'm being kind here. But the sauce is assertive and deliciously distinctive. Here's a case where finishing the gnocchi with a few flavorful garnishes like fried capers and chives made all the aesthetic difference in the world.

As far as the specifics go - it's worth noting, I did a quick version of Maggie's recipe, reflected in the recipe below. I used store-bought gnocchi, and pan-fried it until it was deeply golden and crusted, instead of making the gnocchi from scratch. You can dress the gnocchi lightly, or more heavily, based on your preference. The leftover green olive sauce kept nicely in the refrigerator for the better part of a week, and was delicious on pasta, over brown rice, and alongside a bit of crumbled goat cheese in an omelette.

Green Olive Gnocchi Recipe

I hope some of you give this a try. And now that I'm thinking about it, I think you could introduce some blanched broccoli if you like - a good way to get some green vegetables on the plate. Or even better, you might cut the florets extra small, and toss them in the pan with the gnocchi at the last minute to cook that way.

 
 
 
 

Green Olive Gnocchi Recipe

You can see the olives I used in the photo up above. They were pitted and tossed with Herbes de Provence. I'm inclined to tell you to avoid canned olives here, seek out an olive bar if possible and go from there. Many Whole Foods Markets, Italian grocers, and natural food stores have olive bars, often near the cheese section.

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

scant 3/4 cup / 180 ml vegetable broth
1/3 cup / 80 ml heavy cream
1 2/3 cup / 200 g green olives, pitted and chopped
fresh lemon juice

1 pound store-bought gnocchi, either fresh or packaged

top with: fried capers, bread crumbs, toasted almonds, and/or chives

In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the garlic and onion in the 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, until softened, a few minutes. Add the both and cream and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, add the olives and let cool for a couple minutes. Transfer to a bowl and puree with a hand blender. Thin with a bit more warm cream or water if needed. Taste and add a bit of fresh lemon juice if you like. Set aside and keep warm.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil In a large skillet over medium high heat. Pan-fry the gnocchi in a single layer until golden on both sides. Working in two batches if needed. A few of you have asked if you need to boil the gnocchi first, nope!

Toss the gnocchi with half of the sauce, taste, and add more sauce if you like. Salt and pepper to taste, then serve topped with fried capers, toasted bread crumbs, toasted almonds, and/or chives.

Any leftover sauce can be refrigerated for a few days.

Serves 4 - 6.

Inspired by the Green Olive Sauce recipe in Maggie's Harvest by Maggie Beer.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 10 min

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Stephanie
December 4, 2010

Wow! That just speaks to me right now! I wish I had the ingredients on hand... if I did, I'd make this tonight.

Can I ask where you got your laaaarge container of pitted herbed green olives, or what brand it is? My husband eats them like candy and the "olive bars" can get pricey.

 

A Teenage Gourmet
December 4, 2010

My mommy would go crazy for this! I had your sweet gnocchi recipe tagged, but this one has stolen the number one spot!

 

Joe @ Eden Kitchen
December 4, 2010

Lovely looking recipe, I LOVE green olives and can't wait to try it in this gnocchi. Cheers!

 

Simply Life
December 4, 2010

Oh what a great idea for green olives!

 

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
December 4, 2010

My goodness. I never would have thought to use olives in this way! Sounds like some salty deliciousness.

 

Katie@Cozydelicious
December 4, 2010

I love that you call this sauce quirky! What a great word for food. I have been on a major olive kick so this is great!

 

Amanda Maebird
December 4, 2010

never ever heard of this! Will try

 

Ben
December 4, 2010

Looks delicious! My Italian roommate also likes to eat pasta with green olives, ricotta and a bit of olive oil.

 

chocolate freckles
December 4, 2010

I've never tried cooking gnocchi, been to busy mastering mexican cooking.. but this look they are worth the try!

 

Julie Anne Rhodes
December 4, 2010

Earmarked for when my olive loving daughter arrives in January!

 

Heather (Heather's Dish)
December 4, 2010

i have to say that i ADORE green olives and this is a great excuse for me to go buy more and more and more of them :)

 

Jessica @ How Sweet
December 4, 2010

I adore gnocchi and this is SO unique!

 

isabel
December 4, 2010

I love the idea of briny olives with heavy cream, and tender bites of gnocchi perked up with bread crumbs. Lots of wonderful balance.

 

Gnocchi is the best, and those olives look so delicious! Thanks for sharing a yummy sounding recipe. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

 

KateP
December 4, 2010

Heidi, apart from this looking absolutely delicious, I am so excited that you have chosen one of Maggie Beer's recipes - we love Maggie here - she has been such a great contributor to the Australian food scene for a long time. Her books are gorgeous - do you have any of her others?

 

Sam
December 4, 2010

This looks and sounds divine - I just love good olives and pan frying the gnocchi is a great idea. Thanks!

 

jodye @ 'scend food
December 4, 2010

This recipe sounds wonderful, being the avid olive fan that I am. I'll definitely have to give this a try. Too bad a I don't have a huge container of green olives laying around, though, or I'd be making this straight away.

 

Hannah
December 5, 2010

So many things to thank you for! A non-tomato pasta sauce for my tomato-allergic mother, and you use store-bought gnocchi so I don't have to feel guilty about not being up to my arms in mashed potato. Thank you!

 

LimeCake
December 5, 2010

Maggie Beer's recipes always seem so have a lot of 'heart' to them. This green olive sauce looks delicious. I can only imagine the endless possibilities with it!

 

Carol Jardim
December 5, 2010

It definetely looks great! Gonna try it and post about it later! =)

 

Katrina
December 5, 2010

This is a really interesting recipe. I often find myself stuck with a whole bunch of olives and have no idea what to do with them! I'll give this a try :)

 

Bogna@Pots and Frills
December 5, 2010

I make fish with cream, olives, and capers sauce, and it tastes great, so I would think that olives could also work with gnocchi, which are usually quite bland on their own. And, like you, I like experimenting in the kitchen.

 

Paula
December 5, 2010

oh, I`d like to try such a delicious looking gnocchi!

have a nice time,
Paula

 

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet
December 5, 2010

I enjoy a good olive sauce and combining it with gnocchi sounds like a really good match. Even more I like this for mixing into brown rice or grains. Replacing the cream with a finishing olive oil sounds appealing to me.

Really nice. Can't wait to try this.

 

Caffettiera
December 5, 2010

I never had gnocchi with olive sauce, it must be great on pasta too. On the other hand I did make a green olive sauce, with preserved lemons, a moroccan recipe . It is just the two of them blended together, but it does taste much better than you'd expect, and it goes really well with grilled things.

 

Toby
December 5, 2010

I love the combination of olives and pasta. Unattractive sauce or not, I'll definitely give this a try

 

Jean
December 5, 2010

Middle Eastern grocers also often have wonderfully extensive olive bars, and the prices are pretty hard to beat (a fraction of Whole Foods prices).

What an inspiring recipe, thank you!

 

sally
December 5, 2010

Mmm...green olives! What a wonderful looking sauce! I imagine it would go well over all sorts of things.

 

The Bounty Hunter
December 5, 2010

I have been meaning to try making gnocchi again, I had a failed attempt and got turned off. This has inspired me to try and try again!

Thanks Heidi.

 

Kelly
December 5, 2010

Wow, I cannot wait to try this! I have started a new blog that focuses on how to eat healthy (vegan style) and lose weight while on a strict budget. I'll be posting your recipes (with the link to your blog) because this site is the one I refer to the most when looking for simple, tasty, healthy meals.
Thanks Heidi!
http://poorgirlsvegandiet.blogspot.com/

 

Brinay
December 5, 2010

This looks delicious. Love the olives! Will definitely try.

 

Ingrid
December 5, 2010

I'm hungry thinking about olive sauce. I love olives and love the idea of making a sauce from them. I'm inspired. Thanks Heidi.

 

stefanie
December 5, 2010

I used to make green olive sauce frequently - basically tapenade on pasta - you have ramped it up and I'll have to try it again - for snacking olives, notheing beats the canned tree ripened olives for flavor - your recipe ideas are fantanstic!

 

Nancy_Dancehall
December 5, 2010

I wonder if throwing some spinach leaves into the sauce and then pureeing would brighten up the green?

Anyway, it looks awesome, Heidi. I love fried gnocchi!

 

abraham
December 5, 2010

superb...

 

Angela@spinachtiger
December 5, 2010

Fabulous recipe. I love olives and this looks wintery, even Christmasy to me.

 

The Healthy Apple
December 5, 2010

Beautiful, Heidi...love the green olive sauce...so fabulous!

 

Beverly Jane BJ
December 5, 2010

Dear Heidi...my hubby will be over the moon with this one...you know that large jar? Well we had one for about a month. He got from our children as a Christmas present one year they thought to be funny,. He ate every single one!!! This he will love. Thank you for sharing your world with us in your love of cooking.

 

Liana @ femme fraiche
December 5, 2010

Mmmm I LOVE green olives. The sharp saltyness of them would go beautiful with the doughy gnocchi. This is definitely a bookmarked recipe to add to the list.

 

HappyWhenNotHungry
December 5, 2010

This looks delicious! I've never made gnocchi with olives before, so I'll definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing!

 

Anjali Shah
December 5, 2010

I've never tried making gnocchi, and I've never even THOUGHT to try to make a sauce using green olives! This is a cool recipe - I'd probably go the way you did and use store-bought gnocchi, but I'm really looking forward to trying this! And great idea to add in the chopped broccoli for some extra veggies!

 

Kathryn
December 5, 2010

I never thought of pairing the two together. My boyfriend would love this! Great idea!!! :)

 

Nancy
December 5, 2010

Can I ask what brand of gnocchi you bought and/or where you bought it? I've always been intrigued by store-bought gnocchi but have been hesitant to try.

 

Julie
December 5, 2010

What if you don't do dairy? What could you use instead of cream?

 

LoisO
December 5, 2010

sort of a nit-picky question - but -I always wonder:
1 2/3 cup green olives, pitted and chopped

If you don't weigh the ingredient - is that 1 2/3 C before or after chopping?

It looks delicious!

 

Andrea
December 5, 2010

This sauce sounds great! I think I will try it over zucchini ribbons with some sun dried tomatoes. If you are still looking for ways to use up your green olives, I have a super healthy Artichoke Heart And Olive Dip on my blog- I think you would love it!
Thanks for sharing!

 

jen
December 5, 2010

@LoisO - the answer is in the order of the words in the recipe.
you gather 1 2/3 cup green olives
then you pit and chop them

otherwise it would be 1 2/3 cup pitted and chopped olives.

make sense?

 

Tom @ Tall Clover Farm
December 5, 2010

I admit it as a culinary shortcoming of mine; I just don't get the allure of olives. Granted entire regional cuisines are based on the greasy little orbs, but for me I see them as key to just one recipe: the martini.

 

Azia Graham
December 5, 2010

I love Gnocchi

 

Kristi (Veggie Converter)
December 5, 2010

Mmm...looks delicious. Love gnocchi and olives.

 

Kristi (Veggie Converter)
December 5, 2010

Mmm...looks delicious. Love gnocchi and olives.

 

Erica Cassidy
December 5, 2010

I love, love, love green olives! I make a tomato sauce that's loaded with chopped green olives and capers - the briny goodness is addictive. I absolutely cannot wait to make (well... eat) this recipe. Thanks for posting it Heidi!

 

Sandra
December 5, 2010

This looks yummy. I love cooking with olives. One of my favorite dishes is sauteed tomatoes with olives basil and pine nuts if I have them on hand. I sometimes add chicken or shrimp too.

And I love Gnocchi. I'm going to have to try this.

Thanks

Sandy

 

Rachel
December 5, 2010

YUM.

 

winteriris
December 5, 2010

when left with little in the fridge but left overs,i have been known to eat pasta with kimchi.so this doesn't sound too outlandish.will try this in the near future.

 

Lisa@bakedinmaine.com
December 5, 2010


I LOVE olives and I was just thinking about ways to cook with them. I've always wanted to make gnocchi. Yay! Now I have a new recipe!

I just posted my Magic Gingerbread Cake recipe on www.bakedinmaine.com. I think that this yumminess would be a perfect dessert with gnocchi. YUM!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Lisa
xo

 

DessertForTwo
December 5, 2010

This is so up my alley. I think I would toss in some blanched and sauteed kale because I love dark greens with olives.

Thanks for always keeping it interesting. You always introduce me to a new flavor pairing I had never thought of :)

 

Beth
December 5, 2010

Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight. Two of my favorite things are gnocchi and good olives, so this was a no-brainer must-try!
I substituted half and half for the cream, because I already had some. I added the chives and toasted almonds as a garnish--didn't do capers or breadcrumbs.
I ended up tossing the gnocchi with all the sauce, and whatever was left over on the plate we sopped up with sourdough bread.
I also want to add that this came together really quickly, probably no more than 20 minutes.
Thanks for the great recipe!

 

KarmaCucina
December 5, 2010

Gnocchi + olives = 2 of my most favorite things! I think the toasted bread crumbs and broccoli would be welcome additions to this plate.

 

daphne
December 5, 2010

it might be an ugly sauce, but it looks absolutely delicious. it's on my list.

 

wayne ostler
December 5, 2010

so nice to see maggie's reciepes getting recognised on international websites ( she's an aussie cook)

 

Nasreen Kabir
December 5, 2010

What a lovely idea & it solves my problem have an olive tree & do not want to brine them so as the other alternative was to make oily pickles as am from Bangladesh. Its great thanks for the idea.

 

Emm
December 5, 2010

Ooh I love gnocchi. I am yet to try making a gluten-free version, so it's been a long time since I've eaten it! Must put it on my to do list, along with this recipe :-) Thanks Heidi

 

Elena
December 6, 2010

If you have any more green olive surplus, try this recipe for vegetarian green olive tapenade, it's delicious!

1 cup green olives (preferably pitted, just to save yourself the work of pitting them)
½ cup toasted, peeled almonds
2 tbs capers
olive oil
salt
pepper
baguette

Preparation

1. Cut bread into big diagonal slices, toast and set aside
2. Crush olives, almonds, capers and olive oil in a food processor until you get a paste. Add salt and pepper to taste
3. Refrigerate
4. Spread the green olive tapenade on toast and serve

Cheers
Elena

 

retro sweets
December 6, 2010

I've been searching about ravioles and gnocchis today and here I am ogling at your dish. it sounds so simple I will give it a try! Yum!

 

Janel
December 6, 2010

My mouth is watering reading this! I looooove green olives and have yet to find any as good as those I ate in Italy. Do you have a favorite brand? I'll be sure to make this when my fiance isn't home, as he's not an olive eater, and I'd be more than happy to eat this all to myself anyway ;) Thanks!

 

Christine
December 6, 2010

This sounds INCREDIBLE. I always seem to have a couple of half jars of olives in the fridge and this sounds like the perfect way to use them up.

I bought a packet of gnocchi once and boiled them. They were mushy and, well, odd. I've never bought them again.But I've never thought of frying them. Brilliant! Do you need to boil them first or do they go straight from the package into the pan?

Thanks for the glorious inspirations!

 

RSA Now
December 6, 2010

I LOVE green olives! I will be making this recipe for years to come :)

 

Beth
December 6, 2010

Will have to try this since I'm a HUGE green olive fan! I've never had good luck with gnocchi--either homemade or pre-packaged. Like Christine above, I've only boiled them and thought, "Ick." But I'll try pan frying them--maybe that's the trick to making them more interesting.

 

Anne Marie
December 6, 2010

You say it's not an attractive sauce, but the pictures are lovely... is the sauce in the main photo? Either way, I really can't wait to try this.

I also love the look of the new book cover:)

 

Amanda at Enchanted Fig
December 6, 2010

Ohh, would have never come up with this one. Glad you found it. Glad you tried it.

I've had the same experience as Christine with the mushy gnocchi. I gather you did not boil at all. Good to know. Thanks!

 

fresh365
December 6, 2010

LOVE this! It is promptly going on my dinner list for next week!

 

Lindsey
December 6, 2010

Thanks for this. It looks fantastic. The internet needs more green olive recipes!

 

karen
December 6, 2010

Heidi -- this looks delicious!! One question...do you parboil the gnocci first? Or just saute them from the package? thanks!

HS: Straight from the package! :) Super simple.

 

Allison @ icookedit
December 6, 2010

You are making my mouth water! My husband won't go anywhere near an olive. I will have to save this one to cook when he is traveling.

 

Sarah
December 6, 2010

I love you for posting this! I love olives more than chocolate and have never come across a recipe like this. Thank you!

 

Primordial Soup
December 6, 2010

Well, you certainly tricked me today!
Intrigued by the visual image my mind projected of lovely green and herb-flecked little gnocchi, I clicked through to find regular gnocchi napped in a bold olive sauce! I still think I might make this sauce first, then try pureeing a half cup or so of it, and adding it to the great gnocchi recipe on your site, to make the little green-flecked pillows I pictured!

(http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/how-to-make-gnocchi-like-an-italian-grandmother-recipe.html)

 

Candy
December 6, 2010

I have never tried making anything with olives. It does sound interesting though. I will have to try this and share it with my friends because I do not believe they have tried it either. It will be a treat for all of us. You are always coming up with great ideas and you are never say never to any recipe. I think that is great.

 

The Rowdy Chowgirl
December 6, 2010

Love gnocchi, love green olives--never thought of putting them together. Yum!

 

Caitlin @ Amuse-bouche
December 6, 2010

I'm starving right now and these beautiful pictures certainly aren't helping...

 

Couscous & Consciousness
December 6, 2010

Wow, that looks insanely delicious - beauty is after all in the eye of the beholder. I am a huge Maggie Beer fan, so I totally have to try this. Must also see if I can track down Maggie's recipe for the actual gnocchi as well - but then that might just be the excuse I need to get that book :-)
Sue

 

Cynthia
December 6, 2010

Made this tonight. My store (Stop and Shop) had green olives with minced garlic at the olive bar, so saved me a step. This was "eyes rolling back" good. I didn't have a lemon and didn't miss-- olives were plenty tart. Might add lemon zest on top next time for appearance. Didn't bother measuring cream and broth. Used enough to make the amount of sauce i needed and maintain proper consistency. The magic was in the texture; the creaminess of the sauce and gnocchi insides contrasted with the crunch outside the gnocchi and the breadcrumbs/caper topping. Put sauce on bottom of plate so gnocchi stay crisp. Capers and olives made it a really salty dish (which I loved!) but others might want to use low-sodium broth to cut down. Bravo!

HS: Glad you enjoyed it Cynthia!

 

Cynthia
December 6, 2010

P.S. Trader Joes had whole wheat prepared gnocchi which browned better than white.

 

Pili
December 6, 2010

Hi Heidi
Your recipe is fantastic!! Thank you!!.
I invite you to visit my blog, also it is a food and cooking blog, few friends (Peruvian and Spanish people) and I write in the blog for a little time. We wait for you. One kiss

 

Feast on the Cheap
December 6, 2010

Simple and fresh, looks fabulous!

 

Sarah
December 6, 2010

Heidi: What brand packaged gnocchi would you recommend? I try to go for whatever is highest in fiber and lowest in "exotic" ingredients. I shop mostly at TJ's and occasionally at Whole Foods.

HS: Hi Sarah, a lot of farmers markets have a pasta seller/maker. If you can find freshly made gnocchi that way, that's the way to go. I'm not sure about brand off the top of my head, but look for gnocchi in the refrigerator section at WF for starters. The gnocchi on the shelf in the pasta aisle will work too - it's just not quite as good, its a bit drier and more dense.

 

laura @ alittlebarefoot
December 6, 2010

this sounds like heaven! love gnocchi sooo much.

 

The Artist Chef
December 6, 2010

You never fail to amaze us. Your readers are always satisfied for sure. And green olives are one of my favorite things on earth!

Looks good on the gnocchi! :)

 

inquiring chef
December 6, 2010

This is a great idea, and one I will have to try! Do you think it could be made the same way with kalamata olives? I love the green ones, but my husband has a weakness for kalamatas....seems like it would be hard to go wrong either way!

Hmm. I think you might end up with an oddly purple sauce - but I bet it would taste good! A creamless version w/ kalamata might be great though.

 

Love gnocchis and love green olive.... this is for me!

 

bdubz
December 7, 2010

This is so delicious! Made a great, super quick lunch today - thanks!!

 

vsc
December 7, 2010

Mmm, amazing... and perfect for those of us who love both olives and gnocchi! Thank you for your everyday natural inspiration!

 

garlic pig
December 7, 2010

I'm not much of a commenter, but I wanted to let you know that I have truly enjoyed every one of your recipes that I've made - and the list is long. So I'm sure this one will be no exception. Olives and gnocchi - two of my favorites. And speaking of olives, I am in love with your olive biscuit cookies. They are so tasty and savory. Plus there is the added bonus of watching people's expressions when they get their first taste of olive. I've given several people the link to the recipe. Thanks so much.

HS: Thanks so much for the nice note Jill. I'm getting the sense that you spend more time in the kitchen than I do! I'm really enjoying your recipe notes in the library. -h

 

evan @ thesaltypear
December 7, 2010

This recipe reminds of an amazing Persian dish, that roughly translate to 'enhanced olives', but has similar ingredients minus the gnocci, and is served as a tapenade or meat garnish. But what a beautiful colour the olives bring out with the pasta, I'll have to try some experimenting with similar ingredients. Thanks for the post.

 

Hi
It took me such a long time to appreciate olives, like wine they seem to be an acquired taste only adults warm to, however, once that taste is acquired it stays with you and olives suddenly seem to feature in every dish possible. I also love tapenade, which is a great way to utilize these little green or black jewels in a sauce.
Maggie's Harvest is a book I have longed to own for a while with it's beautiful embroidered cover and beautiful recipes, albeit $75 Canadian!
I use the photographs on your site, Heidi, as a reference for my husband, as he is helping me learn some Photoshop basics for my own blog. - We look at your photos and then improve my own. Thank you


HS: Thanks Delyth! I like that top-down rainbow chard shot a couple posts back on your site - in the skillet with the wooden spatula. Really nice. Keep at it! -h

 

Yari
December 7, 2010

Great recipe, I love this coupling. Olives from groceries are definitely far better than canned ones, I only use them for my plates.

 

Alena
December 7, 2010

I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! I added roast broccoli, a large pinch of cumin, and fried paneer. It was so tasty and I can't wait to play around with other additions the next time I make it.

 

Kate
December 7, 2010

I've never made gnocchi before because I thought that it would be too difficult. These look manageable, and delicious! Thanks for the tips

 

Stormy @LaMaoomba
December 8, 2010

Even if the sauce is unattractive, it sounds delicious. And, with the store-bought gnocchi, manageable time-wise. A good incentive for me to try green olives for something more than garnish.

 

HillaryDavisFoodBlog
December 8, 2010

I am sooooooo going to try this tonite! Thank you!!!! I love olives so much that I even put olive oil in a blender, add olives, whiz, and use for salad dressings. :))

 

HotCooker
December 8, 2010

Many years ago, I wanted to make a 'pasta sauce' based on green olives and artichoke hearts. I must say... it was not pretty, but it WAS delicious! Although, I wish I would've written down the recipe I came up with but... c'est la vie!

Inspiration perhaps for someone else to post....

 

Nirvana@ Nourished Living
December 8, 2010

Green olives remind me of growing up in Egypt - I spent so much time in the countryside where they grow olives and this recipe just brings me back there... I will hopefully be making this for the hubby soon!

 

Mrs D
December 8, 2010

This looks amazing, cannot wait to try it!

PS just a quick note to say thank you so much for all these wonderful and generous recipes. Everything that I've made from this site and your books has been gorgeous, so thanks Heidi!

HS: Thanks for the nice notes Mrs. D and everyone else! Hope you all are having a good week.

 

Suzanne
December 9, 2010

I made this for dinner last night. It was so wonderful. I used milk instead of cream and it turned out great. I added all of the extra toppings and that just made it perfect. I will be making this again.

Hedi, I love all of your recipes. Thank you!

 

Fried gnocci is definitely the best! This looks absolutely gorgeous. We had some wild boar, homemade gnocci on Mljet island in Croatia, so rich I found it difficult to finish but it was delicious. My favourite gnocci recipe is wild mushroom with chilli, really simple to nock up but so satisfying... I think I cook that one too much so I am glad that I'm going to get to try out this new one

 

Vicki H.
December 9, 2010

I love green olives, black olives, and especially kalamata olives. This recipe sounds delicious. Is it just as good with Kalamata olives?

 

Amazing idea! I've made a spread with kalamata olives, but that was for chicken. Great thinking!

 

Connie Bearden
December 9, 2010

I have a large jar of sliced green olives in the back of the fridge... now I know what to do.. THANKS!

 

Alexandra
December 10, 2010

Hi Heidi!

I tried commenting on your latest post (holiday cookies) but for some reason it wont let me.

Thanks so much for posting all of the cookie recipes in one place! It's so funny.. yesterday I visited your blog to look up cookie recipes to make for a work potluck and the first thing I saw was "Christmas cookie recipes" It was perfect! I made the triple ginger cookies and added more star anise. They turned out yummy. It was my first time using molasses ever. That stuff is so thick! Thanks a bushel for sharing your recipes :)

-alex

 

Jay
December 11, 2010

Possible stupid question: Do you boil the gnocchi before pan frying them?

HS: Hi Jay, no boil - just straight into the pan.

 

Angelina
December 11, 2010

I made this recipe this evening and it was delicious! I added baby spinach to the sauce at the end, which injected some more flavour and colour into this tasty dish. Thanks for such an easy but impressive meal.

 

Sehaj
December 11, 2010

Just tried this with some brown rice pasta, sauteed spinach, and a few tofu dogs. The sauce is wonderful! You're right, Heidi, it's not gorgeous, but it's definitely tasty. Have some extra, plan on pouring it over leftovers tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe!

 

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware
December 12, 2010


I have never tried making gnocchi with olives before, but I had them together in meal. I should try this, as whole food shop just opened up close to where I live. They have this lovely olive bar, with many type of cured and spiced olive. Yummy!

Thanks for keeping it healthier as after thanksgiving, I am trying my best to eat healthy.

 

Dp
December 12, 2010

made this along with the grandmother's gnocchi recipe and it was a crowd pleaser. my olive stash was predominantly green, but did contain some of the darker variety from the olive bar - this unique shade of color certainly raised a few eyebrows around the table at first glance. though it looked suspect, the taste elements reigned supreme. served it with a side of brussell sprouts sauteed in butter and olive oil - and a small soup that i will leave off the record. thanks for the idea heidi. looking forward to another go with this one - and of course a fresh set of eyebrows

 

Apple
December 12, 2010

I like to try just about every recipe that you have to offer. I have never seen this kind of recipe with olives before but it sounds a lot like the one I cook with salty fish. I can not wait to try it with olives because I love olives. I read your Xmas cookie recipes and I can not wait to make the gingerbread cookies on a stick. I know that my little grandchildren will love them. Have a happy happy holiday, too.

 

Love the grilled bits on the gnocci. Such a great flavour mix!

 

Sues
December 13, 2010

Oh this has definitely been bookmarked and i hope to be making it VERY soon! It looks and sounds awesome :)

 

Kelly
December 13, 2010

This recipe definitely sounds unique. I am generally NOT a green olive fan but I might be willing to give this a taste.

 

Alli
December 14, 2010

Such a great idea to add olives to gnocchi!

 

FTS
December 15, 2010

I made this dish last night with a few friends. We also made homemade whole wheat gnocchi. The sauce is fabulous! Went well with a pomegranate seed topped green salad.

 

FTS
December 15, 2010

Oh, and we also used toasted Panko and slice almonds for the breadcrumb mixture and 1/2 cup of shallots and 1/2 cup of onion. Great flavor!

 

Kate @ahealthypassion
December 15, 2010

I love gnocchi.. I made a sweet potato gnocchi a few weeks ago and it was delicious I cant wait to try this variation!

 

Shin
December 24, 2010


Hi!! Heidi!!! I made this recipe with white wine for lastnight , OMG It was fantasitic!!

I like your recipe **
thankyou and Merry Christmas!!!