Ahhhhh … Italian food. We love it! A quick search of the internet reveals that pizza and pasta rank among the top five most popular foods in the world. But if you’re interested in expanding your palate for Italian food beyond these staples, we have a suggestion for you — gnocchi, a classic potato dumpling. These petite potato pillows are both delicious and versatile. And they can be the star of your next dinner party or family meal … if you know a few tricks of the trade.

Join us from the comfort of your own kitchen for a hands-on culinary experience, where Chef Dean Dassler of Pub Thirty-Two will share his best tips for making a homemade gnocchi that would make an Italian nonna proud.

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To make the most of the upcoming virtual cooking class, we’ve put together a quick primer on these delectable potato pods.

Getting to Know Gnocchi

Let’s start with the name. First, the “g” is silent! Italian food importer and manufacturer DeLallo says, “The word ‘gnocchi’ (pronounced N’YAW-kee) has an unknown origin, but it’s speculated to come from the Italian word nocca, meaning knuckle,” in a nod to the shape of the dumplings.

Originating in Northern Italy, where colder temperatures are more favorable to growing potatoes than grain, gnocchi is served both as an appetizer (antipasti) and as a main course. It can be part of a comfort meal on a cold winter night — paired with a rich gorgonzola sauce or a hearty ragu. Or, it can be the headliner of a light summertime meal … KEEP READING!

Let’s Get Cooking!

You’ll learn how to make picture-perfect gnocchi at our July 21st virtual cooking class. But what should you prepare to go along with these cloud-like potato puffs? Here are some suggestions — including a starter, sauce, side, and sweet to round out the menu — if you’re looking for a fresh summer dinner idea.

Bruschetta – This delicious appetizer of toasted Italian bread, typically topped with a mixture of chopped tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil, is the perfect stage setter. Recipes can be found here, here, and here.

Pesto Sauce – Delicious and refreshing, this basil-inspired sauce provides a light addition to your gnocchi. Check out recipe options here and here – or this video here (you’ll definitely enjoy this one if you’ve seen Luca on Disney+ already). KITCHEN HACK: If you want to skip the preparation of your pesto (we won’t tell!), try Costco’s Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto.

Vegetables – Virtually any vegetable will make a good companion for your dumplings. Since it’s summer, why not prepare them on the grill?

Fabulous Finale -Want to keep with the fresh and light theme? Then round out your sensational summer supper with Italian ice. There are lots of store-bought options available. But if you’re looking for something to do with the kids, give this recipe a try. Looking for a heartier dessert? Nutella s’mores may be just the answer. Check out our Insta-GRAHAM posts here!

We’re excited to share some time in the kitchen with you. Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link to our virtual cooking class with Chef Dean Dassler on July 21st.

And let us know how your gnocchi turns out by leaving a comment below!