Alessandro Bergamo Crispy gnocchi and Asparagus

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Crispy Gnocchi and Asparagus

Alessandro Bergamo is the sous-chef at Ristorante Cracco by Carlo Cracco in Milano. He's also the S.Pellegrino Young Chef winner for the Italy and South-West Europe region. 

30 March, 2021
Average: 2.3 (12 votes)

serves for

4

total time

1 HR 0 MIN

ingredients

Gnocchi
Potatoes
500 g
All Purpose Flour
125 g
Egg Yolks
2
Parmigiano Cheese
40 g
Salt
Black Pepper
Nutmeg
Asparagus cream
Asparagus
600 g
Baking soda
Salt
Extra virgin olive oil
Béchamel sauce with parmesan cheese
Milk
250 ml
Butter
35 g
All Purpose Flour
35 g

Young Italian chef Alessandro Bergamo shares his recipe for gnocchi cooked three different ways with asparagus. The perfect seasonal dish for enjoying in company on a beautiful spring day.

Bergamo says the familiar flavours and ingredients in his dish transport him back to his childhood, when his mother and grandmother used to prepare gnocchi with asparagus from the garden on a Sunday, leaving him with what he calls "indelible memories". 

The gnocchi are cooked in three different way: first blanched in water, then browned in a pot to give them a crunchy crust, and finally cooked au gratin with a layer of cheese.

Take a look at his simple spring recipe in the step-by-step recipe below:

 

 

Step 01

potatoes for gnocchi

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Cook the potatoes with their skins on, either in water or in the oven. Peel them while hot, then pass them through a vegetable mill.

Step 02

dough for gnocchi

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Add all the other ingredients -  flour, eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper and nutmeg - to the potatoes.

Knead until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.

Step 03

asparagus for gnocchi

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Peel the asparagus ends then blanch the stems in salted water for 2 minutes. Let them cool in cold water.

Season with salt and oil, and set aside for the final decoration.

Step 04

asparagus sauce for gnocchi

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Finely chop the ends of the asparagus and then blanch them in salted water with a pinch of baking soda. Blend them until you get a smooth cream, and season with salt.

Step 05

Béchamel sauce with parmesan cheese

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In a saucepan, melt the butter, add the flour and cook until you get an amber roux. Add the milk and, with the help of a whisk, mix until you get a smooth béchamel sauce without lumps.

Step 06

making gnocchi

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Take the gnocchi dough and take a part of it to obtain loaves of about 2 centimetres. Cut into pieces of about 4-5 centimetres. Boil in salted water for a few moments until they come to the surface.

Step 07

gnocchi

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Toast the gnocchi on both sides in a hot pan.

Step 08

Plating Gnocchi

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Decorate the dish with the asparagus cream and the parmesan béchamel sauce. Arrange the gnocchi and alternate with the green asparagus. Decorate as desired with spring flowers.

Step 09

Bergamo final dish

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Final dish.

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