Cheese Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts
Add the chopped bacon to a non-stick skillet over medium heat and fry until crispy. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain the bacon fat from the pan and set aside.
Add 1 Tbsp of butter (or reserved bacon fat) to the skillet. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts. Sauté the Brussels sprouts for about 5 minutes, or until tender-crisp (sauté for about 8 minutes if you want them to start browning).
Remove the Brussels sprouts from the skillet.
Add the gnocchi to the skillet and arrange in a single layer. Cook undisturbed for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes, or until heated through, brown and crisp.
Add the bacon and Brussels sprouts back to the pan with the gnocchi and stir to combine.
Add the balsamic vinegar and stir to coat.
To make the dish even more flavourful with a touch of acidity, you can add a splash of white wine to the pan when you’re cooking the bacon and Brussels sprouts.
Consider garnishing with chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or thyme.
Olivieri® Real Cheese Filled Skillet Gnocchi is stuffed with delicious Emmental, mozzarella, and Comté cheeses. If you don’t have this product on hand, you can easily swap it out for our Fresh Classic Potato Skillet Gnocchi and add cheesy goodness with Gruyère, mozzarella, or fontina cheese. For a richer and more decadent dish, consider using Machego instead.
Other vegetables that could work nicely are mushrooms, onions, and carrots.
Balsamic vinegar is a sweet, dark, and robust vinegar made from whole grapes, seeds and all. It is incredibly versatile and enhances both sweet and savoury creations—from a succulent chicken entree to a fresh strawberry salad and everything in between.
Keep a bottle of this powerful elixir on hand to elevate gnocchi and pasta dishes year-round. Some ways to incorporate it are:
- Balsamic Glaze Drizzle: Reduce balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it thickens into a glaze. Drizzle it over a plate of freshly cooked gnocchi for an elegant finish.
- Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce: Combine melted butter and balsamic vinegar for a rich and savoury sauce. Toss it with gnocchi.
- Tomato and Balsamic Gnocchi: Simmer diced tomatoes with garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss with gnocchi for a simple yet flavourful dish.
Bacon and Gnocchi Creations for Your Next Meal
Next time you’re craving a dish with crispy and savoury bacon, try our recipes for Bacon Rosé Gnocchi or Skillet Mac and Cheese Bacon Gnocchi with Broccoli. These dishes offer an indulgence of rich, smoky bacon mingling with pillowy gnocchi and creamy cheese that will make your whole family ask for seconds! Another delicious meal with this golden-brown protein is Mushroom Ravioli with Bacon & Butter Sauce. These recipes offer quick and delicious meals that will be an instant crowd-pleaser.