Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Bachelor Dinner, Part 2

A little late but here is last week's dinner from "Bachelor Monday" using some new and classic Trader Joe's items.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter & Sage

This is a new frozen item from Trader Joe's. The package offers two cooking suggestions - microwave or stove top. We went with stove top to get a bit of browning on the gnocchi. Unfortunately these gnocchi are extremely fragile and the stirring it took to break them up resulted in more of a mashed potato consistency than we were going for. My recommendation would be to prepare in the microwave or to at least start them in the microwave and finish them on the stove top. Regardless of their appearance when we were done, they were delicious.

Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage

These were prepared according the the package on the stove top however we butterflied them towards the end of cooking to make sure they were cooked throughly and because we were hungry. If you wanted to decrease your cooking time, you could always do this from the start or even cut into smaller pieces.

Arugula Salad


Yellow Pepper

Red Onion


Herbs de Provence (We used Herbs de Provence that were purchased in France but the Spice Station is a great place for items like this.)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Arugula and vegetables were combined with herbs de provence (portion should be based on number of people and quantity desired). Vegetables were chopped finely and not used in overwhelming amounts. Top with Balsamic Vinaigrette and serve.

Dinner served with a smile!

We enjoyed this meal with a red blend from Mission Point Winery purchased at Whole Foods.

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