Crispy Gnocchi with Summer Veg

I cannot resist this recipe. We’ve recently started a gluten free (mostly wheat free) experiment in our house and the sheer JOY when we discovered gluten free gnocchi lead to a bit of overzealous eating. Three times in one week. But hey, find what you love right?

This recipe can use any summer vegetables you have on hand. The original recipe calls for sweet frozen corn, aren’t we so lucky to have fresh instead? And if you’re not gluten free – eat some Iggy’s or AJ King bread for me, please.

Ingredients
1-1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
16oz packaged gnocchi (regular or gluten free)
1-1/2 Tablespoons butter or ghee
1 zucchini, chopped
3 – 4 ears of fresh corn, removed from cob
1 onion, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
fresh basil, chopped & divided (to taste – 8+ leaves)
1/4 cup half & half or coconut cream
optional – 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi in a single layer, saute undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. DO NOT boil before throwing them in the oil. Stir and saute another 3-4 more minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Remove skillet from heat, set aside.

Meanwhile, heat butter or ghee in another large skillet. Add zucchini, corn, onion, and salt and pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes, then add chopped garlic and basil. Reserve some basil to top at the end. Saute mixture for 30 – 60 seconds, don’t let the garlic burn. Remove skillet from heat then add half & half or coconut cream and Parmesan cheese if using, stir to combine. Pour mixture into skillet with gnocchi, toss to combine. Serve topped with additional sprinkle of chopped basil.

Recipe adapted from IowaGirlEats.

Communicating with Your FDC Crew

Please, with fresh tomatoes and crunchy summer vegetables on top, include your full name, depot pick up day, and location on all communications. It should look something like this: Jennifer Moore, Salem Thursday. This needs to be on questions, delivery requests, holds, especially orders, and any other contact request.

With several hundred members across three depots on two days, the number of communications coming through are welcome and a big part of what we do and why we’re here. We love hearing from you. However, no matter how much we want to, we don’t know each and every one of you by email handle or first name alone.

Since you know exactly who you are, including full details streamlines our ability to fulfill requests, answer communications, and help all our members in a timely fashion. It’s a small detail that goes a long way. Thank you, from the bottom of our berry baskets.

Fresh Cherry Tomato Tian

Mary King’s Tian

Down South, we’d simply call this a garden gratin. A tian is the French version, which basically means the same thing, yet sounds so much more delicious served as a simple vegetarian friendly lunch or alongside a main course.

Member Mary King made this recipe using fresh ingredients from the Tuesday share (photo featured right). Mary states it’s already a new household favorite.

Pro-tip: Be sure to caramelize the onions well – this prolonged step makes a huge flavor hit.

Ingredients
1/2 – 1 lb fresh cut green beans
1 tsp Olive oil
2 – 3 large fresh onions, thinly sliced
3 – 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 – 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar to taste
1 tsp dried basil or 1 tbsp fresh
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 – 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook beans in boiling water about 3 minutes. You want them to have some crunch. Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside.

Heat a nonstick skillet coated with olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (onion through pepper); saute 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar, basil, and oregano; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Arrange beans in an baking dish in a single layer, pre- grease bottom of pan with a dash of olive oil brushed with a basting brush. Top with onion mixture. Arrange tomatoes on top of onion mixture, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned. Serve warm. Pairs well, as most things in life, with a piece of crusty bread.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com and Julia Child, sans butter.