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Friday, January 14, 2011

FFWD: Gnocchi a La Parisienne

This week's selection is a celebration of creamy, rich dairy. Dorie likens this dish to mac and cheese: hearty comfort food. Don't be fooled by the word "gnocchi" in the title; these little dumplings are made of cream puff dough.

gnocchi a la parisienne

I couldn't wrap my head around pate a choux as pasta--I think of it more as pastry. It is the dough used for eclairs, cream puffs, and delicious gougeres. In this case the choux dough is poached in water, much like gnocchi, and afterwards are baked in bechamel and (in my case) Comte and Emmental.

gnocchi a la parisienne

gnocchi a la parisienne

I messed up on the bechamel sauce--I thought I overcooked it, but now I wonder if my proportions were off. The sauce cooled to a thick blob, which today looked like a nice chunk of ricotta. I added a bit more milk over low heat and stirred and stirred. Eventually what I got was a thick, and yet creamy, white sauce. Pourable!

gnocchi a la parisienne

Dorie says this dish isn't any good as leftovers, so I decided to freeze the majority of the "gnocchi" and made a smaller portion. It was perfect this evening after a long, cold, rainy day.

gnocchi a la parisienne

Friday, January 07, 2011

FFWD: Paris Mushroom Soup

FFWD: Paris mushroom soup

We start the year off with Dorie's Paris Mushroom Soup. It is a good soup, and a basic soup of chicken broth, onions, a little rosemary and a ton of mushrooms. It gets pureed after cooking and served over some thinly sliced raw mushrooms with a little green onion, chive, and parsley. Dorie suggests topping the soup with a little creme fraiche, but I used what I had on hand: full fat plain yogurt.

Like I said it was a good soup but not my favorite. Maybe changing up the mushrooms (she uses button mushrooms) and throwing in some thyme would be nice. I threw in chunks of my buttered bread after a while and that made the soup much more interesting to me. I guess I like a chunky soup!