Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Father's Day Meal 2010: Ragout w/Sweet Italian Sausage & Homemade Gnocchi
On Sunday night I was originally supposed to make tuna tofu patties but decided to postpone that for the next meal. I wanted to make something special for my husband so I made homemade gnocchi and a ragout with sweet Italian sausage. I had to use the sausage soon since we got it at the farmer's market a week ago from a vendor that's there every week called Jacobsmuhlen's http://jacobsmuhlens.com/index.htm. They have great tasting sausages in about a dozen different flavors and this vendor is at every Hillsboro Saturday Farmer's Market during the season.
A while back my brother had been visiting and he bought some fresh chorizo from Jacobsmuhlen's and he made a fresh gnocchi and fennel dish. My husband liked the chorizo and gnocchi but not fond of the fennel. He wanted me to make a dish similar to it with the sweet Italian sausage and gnocchi so I had to ask my brother who is a professional cook for some advice. He then told me to make a ragout, add the sausage, and make some gnocchi. My brother gave me directions on how to make the gnocchi but I also googled a recipe which I found on Allrecipes.com. I decided to follow the recipe from the website as a test trial which I'll create another post about my experience making gnocchi for the first time.
When I made the ragout it wasn't from a specific recipe, my brother just told me what it was made of and I just ran with the idea. Overall this was a fairly easy meal to prepare, it was the gnocchi that took the most time. This meal turned out really well and flavorful that my hubby gave this a go ahead for meal next time around.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 green bell peppers, diced
6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
8 links Sweet Italian Sausage, sliced and cooked
Here's the very yummy outcome.