Hello! I’m so thrilled to be sharing this little bit of entertaining happiness with you today on Angela’s blog! We had such a blast with Olivia Fryer over at Liv Creative taking some of these pictures and eating all the yummy food!!
My name is Abby and my blog A Table Top Affair is focused on easy food tips to get dinner on the table and enjoy building relationships around the table. Go over and check out my blog and Instagram for all sorts of recipes and fun entertaining tips!
That is why I love this blog topic so much! In Luke 10, we read a story about two sisters who hosted Jesus in their home. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and engaged with him while Martha slaved away in the kitchen preparing the food. Jesus made the remark in vs. 42 that Mary, the sister sitting with her guest (Jesus) had made the right decision.
There are so many interpretations on this passage in the Bible. Some discuss the cultural and social barriers, some discuss the role of the woman, but I’d like to propose a thought… What if Jesus was just saying, it’s not about how perfect the food is, it’s about how you engage with your company? Would you be less stressed about hosting? Cooking? Attending a party?
Hosting can be difficult, especially if cooking is not your specialty or something you do often. That is okay, hospitality is not for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be some Pinterest-worthy creation. Jesus just wants your heart and your friends and family just want to eat.
One of the most popular types of parties during the Holidays is a potluck party. A party where everyone brings a different dish. This is, in my opinion, the perfect type of party. Why? Because it’s not about preparing the food, it’s about the community (a perfect blend of Mary and Martha). So what do you take to a potluck?
This is where my twist on Mac N Cheese comes in! This Three Cheese Gnocchi will be a hit at any potluck during this holiday… trust me!
You will have three different steps.
- Make the Roux (a fancy name for gravy).
- Add the cooked Gnocchi
- Toast the Breadcrumbs
Done! Well, there are a few more steps like cooking the Gnocchi and putting bread crumbs on the top and toasting it for a few minutes, however, in a nutshell – that’s all it is!
A couple of notes before we get into the actual recipe, which can also be found here in a printable version on my blog. You really need to cook this from start to finish in a cast iron pan or dutch oven. I use my Staub Braiser, but it just needs to be able to be cooked on the stove and be put in the oven.
Secondly, please don’t slave away making your own Gnocchi or breadcrumbs. Store bought is always the way to go! I promise it will still be delicious.
Now for the recipe:
- 4 tbsp of softened butter
- 1/4 c flour
- 2c whole milk* please don’t skimp on this
- 32 ounces (2 pkgs) Gnocchi
- 1c swiss cheese, thick grated
- 1/2c white cheddar, thick grated
- 1/2c parmesan
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2c Italian bread crumbs
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
- Melt 2 tbsp butter over med-low heat in your cast iron pan.
Add flour, when combined, add the 2 cups of milk and whisk until it gets thick.
- You have just made a gravy! On a Saturday morning, if you fry some bacon or sausage, just use that grease instead of butter, add milk and a bit of flour to thicken and you have breakfast gravy! Do the same thing with your turkey at Thanksgiving – take some of the juices from the roasting pan, add milk and flour and viola you have gravy!
- Add cheese and stir until melted
- Take Roux off head and add cooked Gnocchi.
- Add final 2 tbsp of butter and garlic to breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top of the gnocchi and cheese.
- Put in oven on broil for 2-3 minutes (watch it and make sure it doesn’t burn). You want it to get just a bit of color! Top with the finely chopped parsley.
Put the lid on and take to your party!!
If at any point you need to reheat the entire pan, put the entire pan in the oven at 200, with a lid (or foil if you don’t have a lid – this prevents burning), until it gets to your desired temp.
Whether you make this recipe for your family on a weeknight or a holiday party potluck remember what Jesus told Mary and Martha. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, cook ahead of time so that when the party does happen you can enjoy the company. Guests are at the party to spend time with you, to laugh and share memories, not to watch you slave away in the kitchen. Christian hospitality is not about the perfect meal it’s all about community and building relationships and this Three-Cheese Gnocchi will help you do just that!