LYL: gnocchi a la parisienne

I can’t wait to see all those cheesy pasta dishes! What a perfect dish for a snowy week. :)

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  1. cupcakemuffin December 31, 1969 at 7:50 PM #

    Better late than never, right? I got sick last week and so didn’t manage to make the gnocchi until last night – but I was so glad I did! Totally delicious and perfect comfort food. Here’s my link:

  2. LW December 31, 1969 at 9:17 PM #


  3. LW December 31, 1969 at 10:21 PM #

    Posting for Earnie:

    I made the Bechamel sauce first and adjusted the recipe to have equal parts of flour and butter. I cut the recipe for the sauce in half as there are just the two of us. Still, by the time I needed to use the sauce, it was too thick and required thinning.

    I made the full recipe of gnocchi and froze at least half if not more for another recipe.

    I used a pastry bag and a knife to cut the dough into the simmering water but didn’t have a large enough tip so ended up using a teaspoon. That made for a much nicer looking and sized gnocchi.

    Despite the gnocchi, the cheese, the Bechamel and the butter, I was disappointed in the dish. There was not the richness I had expected. I would prefer the simplest of a Southern Mac & Cheese.

    The finished dish was served with a spicy roasted tomato soup and I found the soup the star of the meal.

    This was a rather labor intensive recipe and not one I will repeat often. That said, I will test the frozen gnocchi to determine whether the work is worth making and freezing them.

  4. Cher January 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM #

    A little bit of a scare with the bechamel – but end results were very yummy. Whew. Stay warm!

  5. lizzy January 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM #

    Gosh this was wonderful…lots of dirty pots and pans, but worth it!!!

  6. NummyKitchen January 13, 2011 at 7:52 PM #

    Delicious! These were so much fun to make!

  7. gaaarp January 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM #

    I’m not a gnocchi fan, but I enjoyed this recipe.

  8. claudine January 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM #

    The French answer to Mac & Cheese

  9. Sweetbites January 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM #

    These were so hard for me, since I’m italian and gnocchi is like a religious dish in my family. But I got to say – GOOD, really good.

  10. Joanna January 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM #

    Rich. I added a little truffle oil and a few mushrooms, quite yummy, still the many dirty pots and pans will have to wait…this meal requires time to recover:

  11. candygirl January 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

    I agree with the rich comment but they were still yummy!

  12. StephIrey January 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM #

    Tasted great…even if a little time consuming. The leftovers were great (even though Dorie said they might not hold well).

  13. yummychunklet January 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM #

    Posting and linking early! I’m in the middle of prosecuting a 10-day trial!

  14. tammycirceo January 13, 2011 at 11:22 PM #

    I agree with the number of dishes required, but I got them washed while the dish baked. I was also worried about comparing it too much to Italian gnocchi (just look at my last name, will ya?! And yes, it was rich for January, but a small portion was just right with my homemade tomato soup … like grilled cheese and soup, only better.

  15. creolekid January 14, 2011 at 1:19 AM #

    Glad I made this, very simple and satisfying.

  16. Raisa Berriz January 14, 2011 at 1:56 AM #

    I used a different Bechemel…6 Tablespoons of Flour for 21/2 T. of butter and 2 cups of milk? Did I read that correctly? I ended throwing my first batch out. This tasted good, but it was very rich.

  17. PheMom January 14, 2011 at 2:05 AM #

    I made two individual sized ramekins, then froze the rest for another time. Nothing like having something fast in the freezer for another day!

    • LaJuana January 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM #

      Aren’t you smart! Wish I’d thought of that. When I read that it needed to be served now and didn’t hold well I decided not to make it. I’ll try it another time…and freeze the extra to cook later.

  18. RedsKitchenDiaries January 14, 2011 at 2:51 AM #

    sweet jeebus. if you’re trying to put your family or guests into a food coma, this is your dish.

    the cheesy bechamel sauce was outstanding, but combined with the chou pastry gnocchi, it was just … too … much …

    • ComeUndone January 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM #

      I giggled as soon as I read “food coma”. I sit this week out for the very same reason.

    • maryeats January 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM #

      Agreed. I took only one bite, and had a hard time finishing a big mouthful of dough, butter and cream. Tooooooo much.

  19. mardi@eatlivetravelwrite January 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM #

    Went to great lengths to get a shot of this before it deflated!

    I made 1/3 of the recipe and it was perfect for a light Sunday lunch. Not sure why people had issues with so many dishes to be washed… It was the easiest dish I made last weekend and used the fewest dishes…

  20. popsiclesandsandyfeet January 14, 2011 at 6:29 AM #

    We called it French Macaroni and Cheese for the under five crowd and it was a big hit.

  21. Boneats January 14, 2011 at 7:11 AM #

    I halved the recipe, shaped the gnocchi in advance and still have leftovers in the fridge. The gnocchi are so light and fluffy, yet just a good handful will fill you up quickly. Delicious! And such an incredibly easy recipe to do. Going to make again tonight with the leftover gnocchi and bechamel tonight for a friend who’s coming over for dinner.

  22. jennybeans January 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM #

    This is my first time participating. Loved reading through these.

  23. stephsbitebybite January 14, 2011 at 7:42 AM #

    Absolutely loved this recipe!

  24. stetted January 14, 2011 at 8:14 AM #

    My first week participating!

    While it was rich, it still seemed lighter than a traditional macaroni and cheese dish. We had it with a salad and I didn’t feel a food coma coming at all :)

  25. 1840farm January 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM #

    Truly magnificent! This may be my favorite French Fridays recipe yet!

  26. Tasty Trix January 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM #

    A new way (for me) to make gnocchi. Really a fun dish:

  27. Vegan Thyme January 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    Completely tested my vegan resolve! We loved it!

  28. franklyentertaining January 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM #

    There were a lot of dishes to wash, but this was something new for me to learn!

  29. Newfinmysoup January 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM #

    A very pleasant surprise – loved how the gnocchi puffed, but was still soft and pillowy inside.

  30. marcella January 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM #

    Good but really too rich for me. I nearly didn’t make this recipe because it’s such a rich and – well let’s just say it, totally unhealthy dish – but I am glad we did try it in the end. Not likely to be made twice though.

  31. KarenP January 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

    Yum! I had fun making this one.

  32. Ronda Kisner January 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM #

    We had a flu bug in our house this week, so I will have to make this some other time. It sounds wonderful.

  33. josefa January 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM #

    This was the first time I made gnocchi!

  34. Jessica of My Baking Heart January 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM #

    So simple, yet so delicious. Didn’t realize that gnocchi was this easy to make!

  35. kudoskitchen January 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM #

    This recipe was a total winner at last night’s dinner :)

  36. Michelle DT January 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM #

    LOVE on a plate! Puffy, cheesy, pillows of LOVE!

  37. kitchenarian January 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    This may be the best thing I have ever eaten. Oh my goodness!!

  38. athomeandawaywithme January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM #

    I ended up with a thick béchamel too but I think it ended up with the right consistency after baking. Yum!

  39. Lola's Kitchen January 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM #

    In spite of fighting with my bechamel I loved this dish!

  40. KY January 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM #

    It’s the first time I’m making gnocchi too. I enjoyed this dish. :)

  41. Lexi January 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM #

    these reminded me of my grandmother’s semolina dumplings

  42. teaandscones January 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM #

    NOT what I was expecting. And that’s a good thing!!!

  43. Kat January 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM #

    So good! My belly is warm and full, and my heart is too–the shot of the plain gnocchi is one of my favoirte food pics I’ve taken so far!

    • StephIrey January 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM #

      Kat, I agree…your gnocchi shot is FABULOUS!!!

      • Glennis-CBWA January 19, 2011 at 9:58 PM #

        I had decided against this recipe…until I saw your shot… I’ve GOT to make these! Your picture is excellent! Thank you for sharing!

  44. the urban baker January 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM #

    I just made this and posted it. I LOVED the bechamel sauce. It was one of my favorites that I have ever made. Next time I would make real potato gnocchi and use this bechamel sauce. So good!

  45. anymi January 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM #

    We also liked it very much! We make it tonight and I just posted it, though until tomorrow it will remain a short notice.

  46. kimberlykv January 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM #

    New Guy and I thought this one was only so-so: Maybe it needs a second chance.

  47. Patti January 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM #

    Yummy but I ended up with a sauce that was too thick. And I agree with those that posted about all the dishes, wow, I made a mess in the kitchen today!

  48. Cakelaw January 14, 2011 at 7:31 PM #

    I enjoyed this – which surprised me:

  49. Katrina January 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

    I did it! I’m almost caught up with you guys!

  50. Candy January 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM #
    rich, yummy and comforting!
    what a combination!!

  51. Linda January 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM #

    This dish got 2 forks up from the taste test crew!

  52. Bakeawaywithme January 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM #

    I’m late but I made it….I thought this was pretty good not sure if it’s worth all the work!

  53. crumbskelly January 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM #

    Yay, I made it on time this week!

    This dish was very good, but a bit rich for my taste.

  54. tricia January 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

    Another winner – and a delightful dish for this snowy weather. Both of us claimed success and a new recipe to add to the rosters :)

  55. eater111 January 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM #

    I’m late on this recipe. After reading about all the dishes and all the calories I’m going to sit this one out. (but I made sables instead here )

  56. frolickingnightowl January 14, 2011 at 11:27 PM #

    Mixed reviews at my house. My hubby lived in Argetina for a couple years where he enjoyed “official gnocchi day” every month….

  57. rainydaykitchen January 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM #

    Others talked about how light and fluffy their gnocchi was. I felt mine was just the opposite…dense and heavy. I liked, but didn’t love.

  58. ashleylynae January 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM #

    Yummy messy and fun!

  59. Miss Kris Kitchen January 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM #

    I’m checking in from North-Eastern Idaho where I am totally frozen (I know, lots of you live in this type of climate, but for me…..this is totally foreign!) and out of my element…but…I did it. I made the Gnocchi and it was a hearty dinner just right for this snowed in evening.

  60. jbuker January 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM #

    Calorie buster but delicious!

  61. barefootkitchenwitch January 15, 2011 at 4:23 PM #

    Here’s mine – better late than never! Loved this!!

    • onewetfoot January 19, 2011 at 2:08 AM #

      Couldn’t comment on the post itself, but just wanted to say that that video was hilarious. I thought about trying to make this recipe gluten-free, but found the idea a little daunting. Instead, I made a small batch for me and made some gluten-free pasta for my partner. Enjoy your vacation!

  62. Karla January 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM #

    Late again! But, this was super delicious for us, and not at all what I expected. Will definitely make again and might try the pastry bag technique for more uniformly shaped gnocchi!

  63. jemangepdx January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM #

    Here’s mine:

    I’m late…:(

    These were really good! Mine got all puffy in the oven. nom nom nom nom!

  64. napangel January 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM #

    Also late to the party!

  65. Janie January 16, 2011 at 8:33 PM #

    Well I made these and I am so glad I did. They puffed up nicely and were light and airy.

    Unfortunately, I took pictures and the camera was too full to record them!! But they looked just like they were supposed to look…..

  66. Cheryl January 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM #

    I must have known this wasn’t a dish for us. Late, late, late.

    But the whole family is eager for this week!

  67. Marie January 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM #

    Better late than never. Finally got around to making this, and am delighted that I did.

  68. Jacquelyn January 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM #

    I am enjoying this blog immensely!

  69. Kristin January 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM #

    I have to say, I was not fond of the recipe at all. The bechamel sauce was a glue, and neither the sauce or the gnocchi had flavor (and I made the gnocchi too big). I didn’t post anything.

  70. Waverly @ January 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

    I had doubts, but what do I know? It was rich and delicious.

    I’ve posted all of January’s recipes in one article. To see photos and read comments, please go to:


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