Spontaneously, and quite randomly, I was craving gnocchi. Not the slave over it in your kitchen DIY gnocchi, but your standard buy it from the grocery store type. I wish I had the patience right now to make gnocchi from scratch, but I would classify that as a winter activity, so I have a few more months to find the necessary patience and motivation.
This is easy.
1 package of elk sausage – I used some of our sweet italian sausage and it was abosutely perfect for this dish
1 package of gnocchi
1 package of fresh mozzarella – I used the “mozzarella pearls” and these made things even easier
1 quart of cherry or grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic finely minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 bunch of fresh basil
Red pepper flakes – optional
1. Cook the elk sausage over medium high heat – add red pepper flakes if you like a little heat
2. While sausage cooks, halve tomatoes and toss with oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Throw in fridge to marinate.
3. Prepare gnocchi according to directions on the box. Note: After the water has boiled, gnocchi only takes a few minutes to cook.
4. Wash and chop basil
5. When everything is cooked, place tomatoes and dressing in the bottom of a big bowl. Pour hot sausage and gnocchi on top of tomatoes – this heat will cook the tomatoes just a tad. Let sit for a minute or so.
6. Add fresh basil and mozzarella to top of bowl and mix all ingredients together.
Enjoy with fresh baked bread from your local farmer’s market (or whatever you have on hand)!