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Suggestions for gnocchi protein

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I want to make this gnocchi with wild mushroom sauce for dinner this week and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on a non-sausage protein to go with it (either in it or as a dish on its own)? Thank you!


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    1. first two things that come to mind based on the herbs & flavors in the sugo are chicken and lamb.

      1. Do you really want meat? It would stand out as the star quite easily. I made a black trumpet mushroom risotto about this time last year that I still think about :)

            1. In it, I would go with diced pancetta, guanciale or prosciutto.

              With it, I would go with veal milanese (someone already posted "Wiener Schnitzel," which is basically the same thing).

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              1. re: ttoommyy

                Why the need to add a "protein" (a term, BTW, I abhor)? The 'shrooms give a meaty texture and flavor -- any meat, fish, egg, cheese or bean will only be a distraction from their delicate flavor. So maybe focus instead on veggies and greens.

              2. You could certainly incorporate braised beef into the sugo if you are certain that you want that. Personally, I would rather have an 80's style carpaccio with hard cheese, argula, lemon and olive oil as a first course and the gnocchi as is.

                If you decide to go with the beef, I would braise it in the red wine and tomato several hours before beginning the sugo. Then add the entire thing - wine, meat and tomato - when the recipe calls for the wine. Whole Foods has had some really nice bison osso bucco that would be perfect for this.