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Suggestions for gnocchi protein

nyfashionintern Apr 11, 2010 02:46 PM

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!


  1. todao Apr 11, 2010 02:56 PM

    Wiener Schnitzel

    1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 11, 2010 03:01 PM

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

      1. c oliver Apr 11, 2010 03:08 PM

        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. r
          relizabeth Apr 12, 2010 04:48 AM

          A fried egg.

          1. f
            foufou Apr 12, 2010 07:28 AM


            1. ttoommyy Apr 12, 2010 07:35 AM

              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
                MikeB3542 Apr 12, 2010 07:51 AM

                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. k
                Kater Apr 12, 2010 08:11 AM

                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.

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