Each grocery store has different dangers for the unwary. At Whole Foods you may accidentally pick out a $4 tomato. At Costco you may accidentally buy more than fits in your pantry. At Trader Joe’s, you may buy frozen prepared meals you totally don’t need. This is a review of one of those.
Don’t get me wrong, I love gnocchi, and I don’t actually ever make them myself. But I also don’t need them…
Anyway, the other night I went looking for dinner ideas in the freezer and found these. Since it was just me and E for dinner, I made a salad and sautéed these up.
The first thing I noticed is that you cook them from frozen, and they are quite starchy on the edges. This lead to a lot of sticking and starchy mess, even in an oiled pan. They are not going to win awards for presentation:
But not every meal is pretty, and I was hungry and therefore committed, so in we went.
They look a little better on a plate:
The flavor and texture were pretty good—light and fluffy rather than belly bombs, with good sweet potato flavor and some garlic, but I was not terribly impressed. I could do better—if I bothered to make gnocchi in the first place.