Shrimp Gnocchi; critter issues

We now can get fresh gnocchi that does not have to be boiled. It can be cooked in a bit of butter or oil in a skillet. One fries it until lightly browned and it takes less than 10 minutes.

Pair that with the precooked, cleaned shrimp that I get at the fish counter and this main course is done in less than 15 minutes.

And it’s easy.

Add a spinach salad and dinner is ready in no time.

Directions assume you are not as lucky as I am and have to cook the shrimp and boil the gnocchi first.

That adds the time it takes to boil water….

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Shrimp Gnocchi

Everything cooks quickly for this easy main course. Finish with purchased pesto for dinner for two in minutes.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Seafood
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

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  • 10oz (300gr) shrimp (prawns), cleaned
  • 8 green garlic (or green onion), sliced, including green
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 8oz (250gr) fresh gnocchi
  • 3 tbs pesto
  • 3 tbs fresh, chopped chives

Instructions

  • Cook gnocchi in boiling water just until it floats, 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately put in a hot skillet, big enough to hold it all in a single layer.
  • Add 1 tbs olive and toss to coat. Fry over medium heat, tossing frequently, until lightly browned, 6 – 8 minutes
  • Sauté green garlic and shrimp in remaining 1 tbs olive oil and butter in another skillet until tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • When gnocchi is ready remove from heat and combine with shrimp / green garlic in the larger skillet.
  • Add pesto, chives and stir to combine. Serve.

Notes

Heat the water to boiling takes the most time in this dish – use skillet gnocchi to be quicker if you can get it.
Green garlic is immature garlic – like a green onion. It is different than garlic scapes which are the flower stems from bolting garlic (overly mature).

Keywords: shrimp, pesto, gnocchi

Shrimp Gnocchi

We’ve been having critter issues.

It all started a few weeks ago when I saw a caramel-colored something dash across our road. It looked like a rodent but was bigger than I thought a rat should be. It was a pretty color and appeared smooth-coated.

I asked around…. No one knew anything.

I had no luck on Google and finally decided it must have been a weasel of some sort and forgot about it.

Then I bought some anti-slug pellets (poisonous, I’m quite certain) to protect my lettuce, chard and spinach as it comes up. I’ve used it for years. I usually end up with a few dead slugs and I’m done for the season. Once the lettuce gets a few inches tall it’s safe.

They’re small, blue pellets.

The other day the box had been taken off the table, chewed open and the little blue pellets were spread the length of the driveway. I had to vacuum them out of the rocks.

Since it was all too much destruction for a mouse we assumed we had a rat.

Mon mari dutifully set a rat trap.

So far we have eliminated 2 rats.

A few days ago I was letting the dogs out and the caramel-colored critter ran across our front lawn and dove into a hole by the wisteria.

I still don’t know what it is, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a rat. The rats were gray and much smaller – although bigger than the mice.

So…. now the unknown rodent (?) is living with us.

Yesterday was beautiful. I had the door open and the dogs were lying in front of it, watching for bunnies. As I walked by, one of the pretty, big, emerald green lizards scurried into the house and hid under a chair. They are gorgeous lizards and very shy. I rarely see them.  They’re usually about 10″ long.

I have no idea what happened to it but, as I left the door open for a few more hours, I assume it found it’s way back outside.

Then there was this:

This was one of 4 slugs in this head of cauliflower.

The cauliflower wasn’t ‘officially’ organic but I’m fairly certain it was…. regardless of the lack of labeling and lower price tag.

That’s life in the country

8 thoughts on “Shrimp Gnocchi; critter issues”

  1. Now this looks fabulous! And we’d both really like this. I have a question, is your precooked shrimp shelled and de-veined? I don’t buy fresh here often because it’s not. I usually buy frozen and just toss it in for a minute or two.

    You need something like a trail cam to get a shot of your golden resident. We have one and manage to catch a lot of wildlife on it, including three, two legged ones that walked through our backyard at 5 in the morning wearing backpacks. We’re on three acres. I don’t know where they came from, but the path they took led them right through our dog’s toilet area. He weighs 110 pounds. I hope whatever they were doing was worth it 😉

    I don’t get slugs really. I might have seen two or three in the past four years. I do get Japanese Beetles all over my roses though, but it doesn’t last long. A few blasts from a nerf gun filled with dawn dish soap and water and sometimes, a little rubbing alcohol, usually eliminates them. I try not to use poisons. Sometimes though, there is no choice.

    • I buy the shelled, but they are a bit more expensive. Raw shrimp are only found in the freezer section. As to the ‘veins’ they are rarely even visible so I don’t bother. If I can see them I remove them.
      I find small slugs and snails in my lettuces all the time. I see the really big, brown ones in the woods but not in the garden, thankfully. Snails are everywhere, but I just pick them up and toss them in the woods. (by the shell)

  2. Today , in broad daylight, a shadow passed in front of the patio door. I went to check as a neighbour’s Yorkshire terrier has been escaping and coming visiting. In the middle of the lawn was a rather large hare! He sat for a few moments looking out over the garden and then disappeared. If he spotted the veg we have just planted he may be back! Husband has been warned.

    • I saw a hare here last week – loping through an opening in the wheat field… I hope he stays there. It was a rare sighting… the last one I saw was 4 years ago. Rabbits, on the other hand, 10 – 15 every morning. I have a fence on a fence on a fence around the veg….

  3. Yes your critter sounds like a stoat (slightly larger than a weasel, about the same size as a rat but a completely different shape, very slender and sinuous, you rarely get more than a glimpse). Be careful with your slug pellets as they are potentially poisonous to hedgehogs — who will also be eating your slugs if they get a chance, and can scoff the most amazing number of them (slugs I mean).

    • No, it didn’t really look like a stoat (I Googled it). We’re going to the chasse dinner tonight – someone (or everyone) there will know… and I’ll probably learn way more than I need lol
      I’ve only seen one hedgehog here, dead, sadly…. a few years ago. But they wouldn’t be anywhere near the potager, and the dead slugs wouldn’t be anywhere near them. I have no idea what is eating the pellets, but all the ones I put around the lettuce were eaten, and I’ve seen no dead critters. It was a bio variety, I have now given up.

    • I still have no idea…. Maybe someone’s pet rat escaped. It’s not the same as the local rats but it’s not anything else people have suggested.
      Or I’m hallucinating lol

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