Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach for #SundaySupper

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

I don’t know about you, but in my kitchen the best recipes always have a story behind them. And today’s recipe for Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach has a pretty memorable one for me!

It all started with a visit to one of our favorite restaurants. I was perusing the menu and my eyes landed on a gnocchi dish. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have ordered gnocchi, but for some reason I was drawn to the choice. It paid off in the end, as the plate filled with fluffy potato gnocchi, butternut squash, and spinach was absolutely wonderful. I had to restrain myself not to eat every single bite and lick the plate clean.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

On subsequent trips to the restaurant, it became my go-to entree to order. Call me a victim of habit, call me someone who knows what she likes, but I just couldn’t stop requesting this dish for my meal. Then I found myself craving it in between trips to the restaurant, and I knew something had to be done. An at-home recreation was definitely an order!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

So, my quest to make my own version in the kitchen began. Luckily, this gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a relatively simple dish in regard to components (and in my opinion, simple ingredients can create some of the best dishes – it doesn’t have to be complicated!). I gathered everything and began experimenting. I sauteed the butternut squash cubes in some butter, garlic, and salt for a few minutes on the stove top, then popped the pan in to my oven at 400 degrees F to finish them to a soft texture ready for mashing.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

While the butternut squash was in the oven, I was sauteing the fresh spinach and boiling the gnocchi. It came time to remove the butternut squash from the oven, so I reached in with an oven mitt and removed the hot pan and set it on the stovetop. Justin walked into the kitchen at that point and offered to help me with some of the process. I mentioned he could help by mashing the butternut squash, but to be VERY careful because the handle of the pan would be extremely hot since it has just been in the oven. I then walked across the kitchen to grab something, and then returned to the stove. Somehow in the span of 10 seconds I completely forgot what I had JUST warned Justin about, and I absentmindedly reached my hand out to grab the handle of the pan. The scalding hot pan. I wrapped my left hand around the scorching hot handle and immediately felt a surge of pain shoot up my arm. One second was all it took. I quickly ran my hand under cool water and then wrapped it up with a cool damp rag. I soldiered on and finished the dinner – a burn to my hand was not going to stop me!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Oh, am I glad I didn’t throw in the towel after my kitchen accident. The dish turned out wonderfully, and Justin and I actually were left with ZERO leftovers. Justin immediately asked that I make it again, and I will definitely be honoring that request with pleasure! The fact that I can make my own at-home version of a restaurant favorite (and at a much cheaper price) is a total win in my book! But next time I am going to make sure I don’t burn my hand in the preparation process…

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Of course, this meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine to go with it! A glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay would be a great choice. It is medium bodied with hints of vanilla and oak. The rich fruit and luscious texture is a great complement to the gnocchi with fresh vegetables and the herbs frizzled in butter. Delicious! If you’re looking for a red wine option, the Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot is one to look into. It is a medium bodied red that is smooth, approachable, and pairs well with many dishes!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach
 
This gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a recipe that's easy to put together but is sure to impress your family and friends!
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 11 ounces butternut squash, cubed
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, cut in a chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook potato gnocchi according to package instructions (boil for 2-3 minutes in salted water). Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic, the cubed butternut squash, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5-6 minutes, then place the pan in the oven to finish roasting the squash until tender (about 10-12 minutes). When tender, remove the squash and mash until smooth.
  4. Meanwhile, heat another deep pan over medium high heat. Add the baby spinach with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute until just wilted. Remove the spinach and allow to drain.
  5. In the same pan you cooked the spinach in, add the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter, over medium high heat. When the butter melts and begins to bubble, add the sage and basil and allow the herbs to fry for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the gnocchi in a single layer on the pan. Allow the gnocchi to saute and brown in the butter for 2-3 minutes before adding the butternut squash and spinach to the pan. Stir to combine, and allow the mixture to heat through, about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 

Today the Sunday Supper family is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you an event replete with recipes that have a story. If you are looking for more inspiration, make sure you check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ Meals with Meaning blog post!

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For more information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines and menu pairing ideas, visit their website (where you can also find a store locator). Get connected with Gallo Family on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, see their snaps on Instagram, and watch their videos on YouTube for more ideas and updates.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Make sure you check out all of the recipes with meaning from the Sunday Supper tastemakers today!

 

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Kicked Up Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

I don’t know about you, but when it comes time for the big game and big game parties, I am all about the food. Getting together with friends and family for a game day gathering is so much better when fantastic finger foods are involved. For today’s Sunday Supper with Gallo Family Vineyards, I am bringing a big bowl of Kicked Up Texas Caviar for all to enjoy!

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Texas caviar has been served at my house ever since I can remember. My mom would make a big batch every year for New Year’s Day since it is filled with black eyed peas (for good luck), but now it has become a favorite dip for parties. It is so easy to put together, it’s filled with bright colors, it features different textures, and it pleases a crowd every single time. I love that I can put together a batch of Texas caviar the night before the big party, and simply pull it out at game time to serve with a big bowl of tortilla chips.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

But for as many times as I’ve served Texas caviar at parties, it is time to kick it up a notch and change it a bit. And that is occurring with the addition of one of my all time favorite foods: avocado. Adding chunks of creamy avocado was JUST what this favorite dip of mine needed to kick everything up another notch. I’m hooked.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without the addition of wine. For this Kicked Up Texas Caviar, I suggest pouring a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc. It is light bodied and crisp, with flavors of honeydew, citrus, and apple. It’s a great companion for salads, seafood, and pesto. It’s a refreshing choice to sip alongside this delicious dip!

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Not that I’m anticipating you’ll have any leftovers, but if you happen to have some Texas Caviar in the bowl after the big game party is over and done with, it can really show its versatility with other dishes. I highly recommend adding a big scoop to a bowl of fresh greens; it is a wonderful salad topping that will have you ready for lunch in a split second.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Need some tips for hosting the big game at your home? Check out Gallo’s advice. Looking for food and wine pairings for your Supper Bowl? Gallo has you covered with their pairing suggestions. If you are looking for even more football finger foods, make sure to check out Gallo’s selection of recipes as well! And if you’re interested in seeing last year’s entertaining pairings from Sunday Supper, check them out on Gallo Family’s blog.

Gallo Family Vineyards logoFor more information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines and menu pairing ideas, visit their website (where you can also find a store locator). Get connected with Gallo Family on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, see their snaps on Instagram, and watch their videos on YouTube for more ideas and updates. How will you incorporate Gallo Family into your Sunday Supper menu?
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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Kicked Up Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper
 
An easy to make, bright, and flavorful dip for your next gathering: Kicked Up Texas Caviar!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 (14oz) can black eye peas, drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (if using frozen, thaw before using)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bell pepper (either green or assorted colors), diced
  • 5 tablespoons Italian dressing
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 avocado, cubed
Instructions
  1. Combine black eye peas, corn, tomato, green onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to mix well. Pour Italian dressing over the mixture and carefully stir to coat.
  2. Cover and marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Texas Caviar is best if left overnight!
  3. Before serving, drain excess liquid that accumulates, gently stir in cubed avocado. Serve Texas Caviar with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

 

Make sure you take a look through all of the wonderful recipes the Sunday Supper family has created below. We hope you’ll bring along some of your favorite recipes and wine pairings this week as well!

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Red Wine Caramel and Chocolate Apples for #SundaySupper

The Halloween season is officially upon us, and that means it is time for a little bit of sinful indulgence. I don’t know about you, but the beloved creepy holiday is a perfect excuse for me to walk a little on the wild side and enjoy some decadent bites like these red wine caramel and chocolate apples. They are just one of the recipes being presented around the table today for a Frightfully Fun Entertaining themed #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards!

Red Wine Caramel Chocolate Apples

One of the food images that always pops into my head with Halloween is a platter filled with caramel apples. They are such a wonderful treat bringing out a bountiful fruit of the fall season. You have the tart, cool crunch of the apple (I prefer Granny Smith for their tart flavor and firm texture, but you can use your favorite apple variety), the rich flavor and chewy texture of the caramel, and just enough chocolate to take this dessert over the top. Creating a slightly sinister plate of these red wine caramel and chocolate apples for my Halloween entertaining seemed like the thing to do. By replacing traditional wooden sticks with some natural branches (sourced from the craft store), these enticing caramel apples beckon to you. Take a bite, won’t you? I promise: you won’t regret it…

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Mashed Potato Monsters for #SundaySupper

Halloween season is approaching, and I can hardly wait!!! From haunted houses to scary movies to creepy costume parties, we are ALL about them in this household. And of course, there is one component of Halloween fun we can’t forget: frightful food. Today, I am sharing a deliciously creepy recipe (and a video too!) for some mashed potato monsters!

mashed potato monsters

Do you host Halloween parties at your home (or attend them)? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, and although we haven’t hosted a party in a few years, it’s on the list for 2014! I love that you can extend your spooky decor all the way through to your food, and the Sunday Supper crew is here today to give you some spooky inspiration using Idaho® potatoes!

mashed potato monsters

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