What makes gnocchi even better? Brown butter, of course! Try this Brown Butter Gnocchi with Fennel and Hazelnuts recipe for an easy one skillet dinner recipe on a rushed weeknight.
Well hello there, beautiful-gnocchi-I-want-to-eat-now-and-forever! Or at least until I get sick of them… Which is NEVER!
So last night was another writing-a-post-on-my-iPhone kinda night and I thought I’d use the time wisely and tell you a little bit about my life while also showering you with a gazillion of dashes.
See? Dash-dash-dash. Can you tell I’m a little bit le tired? Please ignore it and make me feel like I’m a sane and normal person, I’m very much needy of that right now!
Wanna know why this whole sleepless in Savory Nothings land thing is so ironic (and why I’m complaining about it all the time)? Before I had kids (‘kay ‘kay, you caught me, a kid) I was this person who absolutely hated to sleep.
Ever since I can remember I found it absolutely unnecessary and unproductive to get a little shut-eye every night.
Reading Harry Potter with the light of my alarm clock was infinity times forever better. And even as a teenager and an adult I just thought sleeping was for losers.
I mean just look at Gordon Ramsay. Sleeps four hours a night and gets up at the crack of dawn to get in some workout before swearing at everyone and their grandmother.
(Just kidding Gordon, I <3 you and one of my life goals is to dine at your chef’s table). And he must make some big bucks (or quids as he would call it).
So sleeping = not good for business (don’t you just love how easily I’m generalising?)!
Now I was still functioning pretty well without sleeping that much and whenever people were talking about how awesome they thought it was to lie down and practically do nothing (honestly, why can’t we just charge ourselves with a plug?) I wouldn’t get it.
But guys, guess what… I SO get it now. Sleeping is the best. All I want to do all day every day is close my eyes and snuggle up doing nothing at all.
I haven’t lost my ability to do reasonably well when I’m beyond tired but eeeek, I’m still wishing for that plug to charge me right back up to 100%!
When I’m really beyond tired though I totally get into eating-errrrrrything-mode.
Especially all the chocolate and candy and sugar cubes (tssss, just kidding with that last one, everyone knows it’s a spoonful of sugar making the medicine go down)…
So I’m desperate for anything quick, reasonably healthy and delish right now! Which is why I brought some Gnocchi to the dinner rescue!
Honestly though, does anyone really make their own every time an Italian potato craving hits??? It’s like making your own pasta, nice but meh… Too much work to be an everyday thing!
They are paired into vegetarian awesomeness with yummy and healthy fennel shavings and celeriac, crunchy roasted hazelnuts and my number-one-sleep-deprivation-power-weapon: Brown butter.
That thing which makes butter even better than it already is in its natural state.
Seriously. You’ll love it. It’s such a quick and easy dinner recipe!
And if you do love it I will totally love you for loving it. Sleep-deprivation-promise.
Alright, alright! Enough with the dashes already! Time for some delicious food for you!
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 fennel bulbs, cut into strips
- 1 small celeriac, cubed
- 1 pound store-bought Gnocchi
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet roast the hazelnuts over medium high heat until fragrant and starting to brown. Remove and set aside.
- Brown the butter in the skillet and drain through paper towels into a small bowl. (Check this post for a more thorough explanation on how to make brown butter.)
- Heat the oil in the skillet and cook the vegetables until tender. Season with salt and pepper, then remove onto a plate. Add the Gnocchi to the pan and cook until browned.
- Add the vegetables back in and toss with the Gnocchi and 2 tablespoons of the brown butter.
- Serve topped with the roasted hazelnuts and drizzled with the remaining butter.