Pan-Seared Gnocchi and Other Brilliant Ideas

On Monday, I finally decided to try a trick that has appeared on New York Times Cooking a few times in the past year or two: searing or roasting store-bought gnocchi, rather than boiling it. Ali Slagle even wrote a whole story about this approach, which works with both shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi.

I will admit to initially having a block when it came to this idea. It seemed like each little gnocchi would be irredeemably dry and unpleasantly chewy. This turned out to be totally wrong. They were chewy, yes, but almost fudgy in texture, and above all difficult to stop eating. One of Ali’s genius gnocchi recipes is below, along with four other recipes, each with its own superb idea.

On another note, Ramadan is about to begin, and we have a number of joyous recipes for iftar here. Write to me anytime: I’m [email protected], and I love to hear from you.

1. Crispy Gnocchi With Burst Tomatoes and Mozzarella

You could toss any relatively short pasta shape with this bright burst tomato sauce, and it would be delicious. But Ali Slagle’s decision to use store-bought gnocchi is inspired, and I recommend you try it. The mozzarella is not necessary, but it is really good.

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2. Salty-Sweet Barbecue Salmon and Broccoli

Kay Chun is full of brilliant ideas, like using oyster sauce as a base for barbecue sauce, which she brushes on salmon. The fish goes on a sheet pan with broccoli, scallions and ginger, then into the oven for an excellent meal with rice.

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3. New Shrimp Louie (Poached Shrimp Salad)

The other night I realized I had the makings of a Dinner Salad kicking around: leftover boiled potatoes and eggs, asparagus, anchovies, smoked salmon and avocado. This never happens, and it was great. I offer this Alison Roman recipe in that spirit, a take on crab Louie that combines fresh shrimp, green beans, eggs and avocado for a delightful spring supper.

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4. White Beans With Radishes, Miso and Greens

Think of this recipe from Colu Henry as your spring beans and greens, made in 10 minutes with canned beans, radishes and tender leaves. A combination of white miso and butter boosts the flavor. This could be dinner on its own, but it’d be a nice side for chicken or seafood, too.

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5. Smashed Chicken Burgers With Cheddar and Parsley

Commenters are really loving this recipe from Yasmin Fahr, a chicken burger seared in a cast-iron pan so the patty forms a flavorful crust. Ground chicken is inherently less flavorful than beef; Yasmin smartly solves this problem by mixing in parsley, garlic, shallots and Cheddar.

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