Creole Cream Cheese Gnocchi with Crawfish

crawfish gnocchi

Recipe: Creole Cream Cheese Gnocchi with Crawfish

Summary: Creole cream cheese combined with gnocchi, crawfish, and chanterelle mushrooms is about as decadent as it gets.

Ingredients

  • 1 1-Pound Russet Potato
  • 1 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour, plus additional for work surface and dough
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Creole Cream Cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Method for the Gnocchi: In a medium saucepan, cover the whole potato with salted cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until tender. Drain. Hold the hot potato in your hand with a kitchen towel and peel away only the skin with a knife. Run the potato in a ricer or a food mill.
  2. Combine potatoes with 1 ¼ cups flour, butter, Creole cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula for about 15 seconds until smooth and the flour is completely incorporated. Add the egg yolks and stir for 15 seconds more, being careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and cut it into eight portions. Working with one portion at a time, and rolling your hands back and forth, outward from the center to the ends, roll the dough into a long thin strand, about ½ -inch in diameter. Cut each dough strand into ½-inch pieces and sprinkle the tops lightly with flour. (Add as little flour as possible to prevent sticking.) Lift gnocchi from the work surface using the edge of a large knife or bench scraper and transfer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add all of the gnocchi to the water, stirring, and cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 3 ½ minutes, until the gnocchi start to float. Remove with a slotted spoon or strainer and place in an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain the gnocchi, transfer to a large bowl, and toss with oil. Gnocchi can be made up to 1 day ahead, covered, and chilled or frozen. Toss the gnocchi with extra vegetable oil to prevent sticking if you are making it ahead.

Crawfish Sauce Ingredients:

 

1TablespoonUnsalted Butter
2TablespoonsShallots, minced
8OuncesLouisiana Crawfish Tails, cooked
2OuncesTasso, minced (Cajun specialty, thinly sliced smoked, spicy pork)
2OuncesChanterelle mushrooms, torn into pieces
¼TeaspoonCreole Seasoning
¾CupHeavy Cream
2TablespoonsCreole Cream Cheese
1TeaspoonTruffle Oil
½TeaspoonFresh Tarragon, chopped

Method for the Crawfish Sauce: Heat a large skillet over medium high heat about 1 minute. Add the butter and shallots and cook about 30 seconds until shallots are wilted. Add the crawfish, tasso, mushrooms, and Creole seasoning and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi and cook for 2 minutes, until gnocchi are hot and sauce is thickened slightly. Stir in the Creole cream cheese, truffle oil, and tarragon and cook for 30 seconds. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

 

Number of servings (yield): 4

Photo and Recipe adapted from Luxury Experience

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