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If you are as obsessed with Trader Joe’s as I am then you probably know that they can’t keep their cauliflower gnocchi in stock. (Heads up for elimination phase folks: Trader Joe’s version contains potato starch, so they’re a #reintro.) Mostly because I am the one buying them all. Sorrrryyy… but also not sorry. You’ll see why when you try these golden doughy nuggets — also known as the Italian’s Dumpling!
My wallet noticed that I was spending a little too much time at Trader Joe’s so we compromised on making them from scratch. I got to thinking, instead of going into debt over these delicious little guys, MAYBE I can learn how to make them — and make them 100% AIP! To my delight, this was possibly the easiest thing I have ever made.
They are so versatile too! Sauté them up with some sage and avocado oil and pair them with your favorite veggies. I chose oven-roasted shallots and sautéed garlic.
- In a large pot of boiling water, add cauliflower. Simmer until very soft. Cauliflower should be easily sliced with a knife.
- Reserve and set aside about 1 cup of cauliflower-pot water.
- Strain cauliflower and place into a blender or food processor.
- Blend until you reach a mashed potato-like consistency adding the reserved pot water as needed to aid in blending.
- In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of mashed cauliflower, 1 cup cassava flower, salt, and garlic powder. Mix together until ingredients are well-combined. You may need to switch to mixing with your hands.
- In a large, clean saucepan, fill with water and bring to a boil.
- In a separate frying pan, bring heat to medium-low.
- In your hands, take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball. Create an oval-like shape and set aside while you work the rest of the dough into the same shape.
- Reduced heat to medium-high and place about 6-8 gnocchi into the bubbling water. The gnocchi should sink to the bottom.
- Add avocado oil to the warmed pan.
- When the gnocchi begin to rise to the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon an place into the pan to saute.
- Sauté until a golden crisp is formed on 2 sides of the gnocchi. This is when you can add other veggies or herbs while sautéing to marry all the flavors together.
- Serve with a fresh squeeze of lemon and enjoy!