Trader Joe’s Gnocchi al Gorgonzola with Langostino
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth… The hustle of the holidays is over and our houses are put back into their usual order and they suddenly feel empty without the sparkle of a Christmas tree and other decorations. The day’s light begins to grow longer, minute by minute, but there is a frosty chill in the air. The freshness of the New Year still reverberates in our minds, with hopes and expectations in our hearts.
As current and ongoing events have brought unexpected turmoil to the news, may we find even more comfort in making our home our refuge, and that definitely includes some tasty home cooked meals. I’d like to share with you today a very easy recipe that has become a favorite for my daughter Ana.
One of the purchases I always make for our traditional, Italian style, Christmas Eve Seafood Dinner is the 2-pound package of Wild Langostino from Costco. Although langostino is Spanish for “little lobsters,” and has a similar taste, they are not lobsters but another genre of crustacean, similar to a hermit crab. I usually simply saute them in a skillet in some butter, garlic and fresh chopped parsley and serve them as one of several seafood sides. One cold evening, however, I had the idea to make a couple packages of Trader Joe’s brand frozen Gnocchi al Gorgonzola in a large skillet and then add the langostino to that. Voila! It was a hit with my family, who referred to as “the best mac and cheese they ever ate!”
The Trader Joe’s Gnocchi al Gorgonzola come frozen in a one-pound package and serve three. I prepared two packages, as we usually have 8 adults and four children at our table on Christmas Eve. The gnocchi pasta and included squares of gorgonzola cheese sauce cook in about seven minutes, according to the package directions. When the cheese sauce is completely melted, and the gnocchi are cooked, I added the two-pounds of langostino. The Costco brand langostino come pre-cooked and frozen, so after defrosting and draining they just require warming up. Before serving I added some grinds of black pepper and a handful of chopped parsley.
Easy as that, and so, so, good!
Since langostino may be difficult to find year-round, you can substitute shrimp, crawfish, bay scallops, lobster meat, etc, adjusting cooking time as needed to make sure the seafood is cooked.
Using the frozen packages makes this a quick and simple meal, but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area from which to buy the frozen Gnocchi al Gorgonzola–click here–for a recipe to make your own.