April 23, 2020

Did Someone Say Homemade Gnocchi?

Well, it’s mostly homemade with a little bit of help.

As previously mentioned, everyone is spending more time in the kitchen—a challenging proposition if you’re a culinary dropout whose cooking repertoire includes mostly scrambled eggs and pancakes.

Because we can’t live forever on breakfast-for-dinner, Commissary has put together chef meal kits that making cooking easy. These kits include everything you need (minus a pantry ingredient here and there, like olive oil) and the recipe to pull it off. Choose from options like a steak dinner for two, pot roast, cheeseburgers, and more. Tonight, we’re cooking up Gnocchi Ragu. The $40 kit includes handmade potato gnocchi, dry-aged ground beef, a produce box with the vegetables you’ll need, and a loaf of fresh-baked sourdough bread. From your pantry, you’ll need olive oil, dried parsley, dried basil, and a can of good-quality crushed tomatoes if you like a saucier sauce.

POTATO GNOCCHI WITH DRY-AGED BEEF RAGU
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 pound ground beef
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. When it’s hot (almost smoking) add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onions become very soft (about 8 minutes).

Add the celery and carrot; saute for 5 minutes. Raise heat to high and add the ground beef.  Saute, stirring frequently and break up any large pieces. Cook until meat is no longer pink (about 10 minutes).

Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil. If you like a saucier ragu, add the optional can of crushed tomatoes here, too. Cook over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

The Details: Order your kit at Commissary, 1217 Main Street. Curbside pickup and free delivery available.