This gnocchi with sage burnt butter recipe is a locally inspired dish from my time in Nice. I have cooked this a couple of times before but had all but forgotten about this dish until now. Gnocchi may be Italian but the people of Nice may say otherwise. Whilst I would not call gnocchi French I do believe that Nice has a solid case, being so close to Italy and all, having strong Italian influences. So I guess gnocchi is French too!
There are so many great places to buy quality gnocchi in Nice. I have tried a few now, all different but all tasty. With the quality where it is it would be criminal not to buy and cook heaps of gnocchi whilst in Nice! This time I bought my gnocchi from my favourite fresh pasta shop in Nice, Maison Barale. If you are in Nice and like to travel cook, head here for sure, it was a regular of mine.
Gnocchi with Sage Burnt Butter and peas Recipe
- 500g Fresh Gnocchi
- 100g of Unsalted Butter
- 14 Sage Leaves
- 20 fresh pea pods (or 1 cup of frozen peas)
- Salt + pepper to season
- Parmesan cheese to your taste
- Add your gnocchi to salted boiling water
- Melt your butter in a pan and add your sage leaves over medium heat
- When your gnocchi rise to the surface, they are cooked so remove and set aside in a bowl
- Let the butter bubble and cook. As the butter begins to deepen in colour ad your gnocchi to the pan to get some crispy sides
- Leave the gnocchi still at first without turning or stirring to get a light crust on the gnocchi
- Turn and repeat for added crispiness or remove. Remember the gnocchi was already cooked before it hit the pan.
- Add the peas almost last minute to not overcook them
- Plate up and grate some Parmesan cheese over the top and a little fresh pepper too.
Gnocchi with sage burnt butter and peas is a simple dish that you can add your twist to. If you want to take your butter further and burn it more that actually tastes delicious too. My way of saying if you don’t brown it enough butter is delicious, and if you burn it, butter is still delicious.
When you see something tasty you just have to get it and that is what really inspired this dish. Let what interests you or excites you decide what is for dinner, regardless of what country your in!
If you like seeing what I cooked in Nice, France, you may like my Fried Courgette (Zucchini Flower) Episode 🙂