Basil, herb and lemon, Chia seed gnocchi with Dee’s Traditional Vegan sausages

20 Mar

Basil, herb and lemon, Chia seed gnocchi with sautéed curly kale in a lemon and basil butter

with Dee’s Traditional Vegan sausages

Dees sausages, gnocchi  and kale yum :)

Dees sausages, gnocchi and kale yum 🙂

You will need

1-2 pack of Dee’s Traditional Vegan sausages

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1kg of cooked potatoes

2 teaspoons Chia seeds

300g flour (dove GF flour)

Zest of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon of mixed herbs

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (cheese flavour)

25g basil, chopped (15g for gnocchi and 10g, for butter)

25ml olive oil

Salt, pepper

50-100g Curly kale

3 tablespoons of vegan butter

Method

Cook the sausages according to instruction on the packet, I cook mine in a frying pan with some coconut oil and salt. Cool and cut into pieces.

To make your gnocchi

Mash the cooked potatoes (if they are “wet” type of potatoes, place them on a baking pan and dry out in the oven @ 180c for 5-7 min)

Add the olive oil, zest of one lemon, herbs and some basil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, Chia seeds mix well

Add the flour and mix into a soft dough.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and turn down and simmer and leave on low. If that water is bubbling when you cook the gnocchi they will fall apart.

Test a piece of the dough first drop a little amount into the water and when it rises to the top of the water it is done. Let it cool and taste. Is it falls apart in the water, add about 50g of flour and test again. It should hold its shape and have a soft gluey texture.

Now you are ready to cook the gnocchi, get a hand full of the dough and as if you making a snake with play dough, roll it out, when to about ½ inch thick cut on 1 inch pieces and roll and flatten (see picture)

Cook in the salted water in batches and drain and cool on a plate or tray . Repeat until all the gnocchi is cooked

When all gnocchi is cooked use the same water to half cook the kale for 2-3 min. Drain and dry the kale.

To make the butter

Soften the butter and add the zest of one lemon and the rest of the basil, mix well and leave to the side till needed

Heat a pan with a little olive oil, add 10 gnocchi pieces and cook till brown on the each side, add some kale and 1 teaspoon of the lemon butter and when almost cook add some of Dee sausages are heated through

Serve and enjoy – Eoin

Tips

You can flavor the gnocchi with anything you like, it can be spicy or herbs or citrus.

This gnocchi recipe makes a lot and freezes very well, so what you don’t use can be saved and frozen

You can also do different types of butter sage, rosemary and garlic, ginger chilli butter, etc.

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