Fennel Frond Pesto with Gnocchi and Olive Oil Toasted Bread Crumbs

20 May

This fennel frond pesto with sautéed gnocchi was a delicious spin on a classic basil pesto.  The flavor of the fennel fronds were subtle and delicate.  The texture of the olive oil toasted bread crumbs played well against the pillow-y softness of the gnocchi.  The anise flavor of fennel fronds is much less pronounced than in the bulb, so if you aren’t a huge fan of fennel, this dish is still worth a go.  It’s fast, easy, and absolutely delicious.

Fennel Frond Pesto with Gnocchi and Olive Oil Toasted Bread Crumbs

Fennel Frond Pesto:

1 16 oz. package potato gnocchi, cooked according to package instructions and drained

4 cups fennel fronds, packed

1/4 cup curly leaf parsley, packed

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/4 cup romano cheese

2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbs. Brummel & Brown

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Place fennel fronds into a food processor.  Pulse 5-10 times until finely chopped.  Add pine nuts, cheese, and garlic.  Pulse 5-10 times to combine.  While running, slowly drizzle in olive oil, scraping down sides as necessary, until a paste forms.  Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper as necessary.

Heat Brummel & Brown in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add cooked gnocchi and sauté until golden brown.  Add pesto and toss to coat.  Top with olive oil toasted bread crumbs (see below).

Olive Oil Toasted Bread Crumbs:

2 slices whole wheat bread, pulsed in a food processor until crumbled (yield about 1 cup)

2 tsp. olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil.  Add bread crumbs and season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.  Sauté 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

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