This beautiful gnocchi is the perfect #Valentines dinner for those who maybe don’t love to cook but want to wow your beloved. It’s a sheet pan dish, so no slaving over the stove - simply mix up your ingredients, throw them all on a sheet pan and bake them. Thanks to all the luxurious flavours in here, it tastes like much more effort than it actually is - sweet, thick, figgy balsamic vinegar, crispy caramelized onions, dates and gnocchi, smokey savoury bacon and tangy goat cheese, this recipe will quickly become a staple in your home. I was skeptical about baking the gnocchi, but I’ve been seeing sheet pan gnocchi all over Instagram and thought I would try it. I can honestly say I like it more than boiling and pan frying it the traditional way. Baking it simply in some olive oil and salt makes it crispy and chewy at the same time.
Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45-50 minutes Yield: 4 servings
500 g packaged potato gnocchi
5 tbs olive oil, divided
2 slices bacon, diced (optional)
2 white onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Fig Balsamic Vinegar
5 dates, pitted and sliced
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup goat cheese (set aside a little for garnish)
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a mixing bowl, add the gnocchi, 3 tbs of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Mix well and place on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper or tin foil.
To the same mixing bowl, add the onions, dates, bacon, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and 2 tbs olive oil. Mix well to fully coat the onions in the vinegar, and to melt the brown sugar. Spread it on the other side of the baking tray, avoiding the gnocchi. Bake for 25 minutes. When done, remove the pan from the oven and stir the gnocchi and onion mixture to combine. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
While the gnocchi is cooking, prepare the goat cheese. Add the goat cheese and ricotta to a food processor with a pinch of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
To serve, smear the goat cheese on to the bottom of a serving platter, and top with the hot gnocchi. Serve immediately.