Rowanwood Kitchen

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Crayfish and Rocket Gnocchi

Anyone who has followed me for a while will know that I’m a big fan of Rick Stein so it was with some excitement this week that I watched his new series “From Venice to Istanbul”. Amongst the myriad delicious things that Rick cooked were some Gnocchi with crab, it looked absoutely delicious and pretty straight forward so I thought I’d have a go too. I couldn’t source any crab so instead I used crayfish and basically made the rest up as I went along.

Making the gnocchi was really simple. I baked three potatoes then let them cool an scooped the flesh into a bowl,  seasoned with salt and then mixed with  a beaten egg and flour until the mixture came together to form a stiff dough.

Then I rolled the mixture into long rolls about 1cm thick and cut them into 2cm pieces. 

Once portioned up as above I slid the gnocchi into boiling salted water, they are ready when they all rise to the top. 

Meanwhile I got on with doing the crayfish sauce. I diced half an onion and a clove of garlic and let them sweat in a good glug of  olive oil with a few chilli flakes, then I added a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes continued to cook a while longer before adding the cooked crayfish and a good knob of butter.

After a few minutes i added the cooked gnocchi, a handful of rocket and a good squeeze of lemon and seasoning, then served.


I’ll definately be making my own gnocchi again, so simple and a much better flavour than the shop bought variety. As part of my shopping local Saturday I also  went to my local wine merchant ( ) to pick up a bottle. The owner, Bob, usually has a bottle open for tasting at the weekend and on this occasion it was a fantastic Pinot Gris from the Alsace which went fantastically with the gnocci.


5 comments on “Crayfish and Rocket Gnocchi

  1. The hungry homemaker
    August 11, 2015

    I love gnocchi so much! These look amazing!


    • paulb
      August 11, 2015

      Thank you. They were pretty delicious and so easy to make!


  2. Kim | Peeled Wellness
    August 12, 2015

    I had no idea that making gnocchi was so simple- its always been a favorite of mine that I only order in restaurants! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Kim |


  3. Jim b
    August 16, 2015

    Can I have this on room service ?


    • paulb
      August 16, 2015

      Certainly. May take a while though!


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