Posts Tagged With: Asparagus

Super Fast Dinner: Gnocchi with Red Pesto and Asparagus

For some weird reason, I had a hankering for Gnocchi the other night and decided to get a tiny bit creative with it.  Normally, I just boil it and serve a yummy meat sauce over it.  Delish!  Not tonight, folks!!  Here’s somewhat fancy looking dish that came together quicker than the amount of time it takes to bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.  Seriously.  We’re talking minutes here, friends.  Minutes.


  • 1 lb. package Gnocchi (found in the frozen foods section)
  • 1/4 c. sundried tomato pesto (can sub pre-made basil pesto too its you’d like)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
  • Asiago cheese for garnish
  • Fresh lemon zest for garnish, optional

Boil 2 quarts water and cook frozen gnocchi according to package directions (usually 3 minutes – do NOT thaw the gnocchi).  During the last minute of cooking, add asparagus pieces to pot to par boil.  Cook for additional minute and strain.  Return gnocchi and asparagus to pot and stir in pesto.  Serve immediately topped with freshly grated Asiago and lemon zest.

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Shaved Asparagus with Lemon Miso Dressing

While I was in San Francisco in May, I had this delicious dish at Bocodillos, a tapas bar near the Financial District.  Unfortunately, I’ve been dreaming about it ever since, so I set out to begin trying to piece it together.  I think I finally found a close combination of ingredients, though I think my dressing needs a tad bit of tweaking (perhaps a bit more miso?), but other than that, this recipe is pretty close to the awesome dish I had in San Francisco.  This is a delicious, fresh. and light salad that works as an entree or a side dish.

The most challenging part of this salad is shaving the asparagus.  I used a veggie peeler because I was terrified I would slice my fingers on my mandolin.  It worked pretty well…basically I snapped the ends off the spears and laid the spear on a cutting board while running the veggie peeler down the length on it.  I found laying it down was easier than holding it in the air because I had way more control (but this is just me…let me know if you find a better method).


  • 1 lb. large asparagus
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 c. minced shallot
  • 1/2 c. white miso paste
  • 6 lemons, 3 of them zested
  • 2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2/3 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1 pkg of yellow fin tuna in olive oil (or 1/2 c. of tuna ventresca if you can actually find it – I decided against ordering it online)
  1. Prepare a bowl of ice water.  Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus lengthwise, adding it to the water as you go.  Let sit in water for 1 hour or until is becomes curly.
  2. Chop all the herbs and combine in bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Place the shallot, miso, and the lemon zest in a bowl.  Juice all the lemons and add to the bowl.  Slowly whisk into the miso, making sure to smooth out any lumps.  Whisk in the vinegar and slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking the entire time to make an emulsion.  Set aside.
  4. When ready to assemble the salad, drain the asparagus.  In a large bowl, combine the asparagus and herbs.  Add the dressing until the salad is lightly coated.  Top with almonds and tuna.
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Restaurant Review: Bocodillo’s, Financial District, San Francisco

This restaurant/tapas bar was recommended to us by someone we met that lives in San Francisco.  Nestled on the border of North Beach and the Financial District is Bocodillo’s.  This swanky little bar offered a cozy atmosphere and great food.  The space was tiny, but the brick walls, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and soft lighting made this a great place to enjoy a quiet evening.

 We chose quite a random hodge-podge of tapas (Spanish for small plates) and none of them disappointed.  Please don’t judge me for the really random food choices I’m about to share- the majority of dishes in nice restaurants in San Francisco contain seafood and I was traveling with someone who doesn’t care for it, so the decisions were based on finding things she would enjoy as well since we were sharing the meal.

To start, we shared two different slider-like sandwiches.  The first was a lamb burger with aioli, shallots and tomato.  The second was catalan sausage, arugula, and manchego cheese.  Both delicious, little burgers were served up beautiful on toasted artisan buns alongside a pile of wild greens dressed in oil and vinegar.  I wish I had pictures to share, but the lighting was too poor to get decent shots.  Both were perfectly cooked and were extremely delicious!

Next I felt like we needed some veggies, so I chose the shaved asparagus, tuna ventresca, lemon-miso, and almond salad.  While my co-worked did try this, she was a bit skeptical about the tuna, so I ended up eating it mostly by myself…and boy was I excited that she didn’t like it!  I LOVED this dish, so much so that I can working on recreating it.  And not only did it taste delicious, it was beautiful to look at too– shaved asparagus is absolutely gorgeous.  I really loved the lemon-miso dressing that had a flavor somewhat reminiscent of a quality hollendaise sauce without the thickness.

The other “veggie” we chose was the fried baby artichokes and lemons with saffron-herb aioli.  I only say “veggie” because the artichokes kind of lost their nutritional value when they were deep-fried, but oh how yummy!  The artichokes were not breaded and somehow came out incredibly crunchy.  I loved the saffron-herb aioli as well that perfectly complemented the earthy flavor of the artichokes.  If only I was confident with deep-frying fancy vegetables would I give this a try…maybe when artichokes are in season!

Our main course was the Niman Ranch flat iron steak with chimichurri and black pepper.  I kid you not, this steak was so tender, I cut it with only my fork.  Seriously, I’m not kidding…I cut steak with just a fork.  Incredible.  This dish came out piping hot and perfectly cooked medium rare.  I really don’t think there’s much else to say other than this is probably some of the best beef I’ve ever had from a restaurant.

Since our meal was so yummy, we felt obliged to give dessert a try.  We shared caramel flan with maldron sea salt and the “arm of gypsy” with hazelnut mousse.  The flan was amazing and the addition of sea salt on top pretty much sealed the deal for me.  My co-worker who’s family is from Spain said this flan better than her grandmother’s- if that doesn’t convince you how good it was, I’m not sure what will!  The “arm of gypsy” was really good too- it was basically a thin sponge cake that was rolled up with hazelnut mousse.  Also amazing, but given the choice between the two, I’ll choose the flan every time!

I loved Bocodillo’s and definitely think it was one of the best meals I had while in San Francisco.   100% worth checking out for sure!

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