Friday, March 23, 2012

Mozzarella-Baked Gnocchi

Posting this recipe makes me want to run out to get the ingredients so I can make it again NOW. I only had one small issue when I made this and it was the top got watery. It may had been the fresh mozzarella I used, but I simply blotted it with some paper towels and everything ended up just fine and delicious. I also skipped the onion step since I do not like them, but I have left it in the instructions since most people do. And for the garlic and red pepper flakes I added it into the sauce mixture.

Slightly adapted from: Cassie Craves


2 packages vacuum-packed gnocchi (I think they run about 15.75 ounces each)
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 15-ounce can diced Italian-style tomatoes

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 to 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
(I used a pound)
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni


Cook gnocchi in boiling salted water, one minute shy of directions on package; drain.

Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic, and cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pepperoni and Italian seasoning. Heat to boiling. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

Add sauce to cooked gnocchi. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese.

Broil until cheese is melted and begins to blister. Serve.

Recipe Rewind:
Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies

Slutty Brownies

There is no word to describe how amazing these brownies were. All you need to know is the bottom later is chocolate chip cookies, then a layer of Oreos and that is all topped with gooey fudge brownies. The name "Slutty Brownies" is something I saw on Pinterest...that is a much more fun name than "Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie 'n Oreo Brownie Bar", so I stuck with Slutty ;).

From: Kevin & Amanda


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix (plus ingredients the boxed mix calls for)
1/4 cup hot fudge topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray.

Top with a layer of Oreos.

Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting — brownies may still be gooey in the middle when still warm, but will set up perfectly once cooled.

To half this recipe for an 8×8 brownie mix, simply half the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients. (But why would you want to do that?!)

Recipe Rewind: Hot Pizza Dip