This summer has been remarkably busy so far—how is it already mid-July?!—but I’ve been doing my best to make the most of it, especially since it’s the last one I’ll be spending in Michigan (fingers crossed for completing my dissertation this next year!). To that end, I’ve gone on my annual cherry-picking excursion, attended various events around town, and even signed up for a library card! I know, I know…the last one sounds pretty anticlimactic, but after I moved off to college, I grew accustomed to relying on the university library, and eventually I just sort of forgot that public libraries existed. I also sort of forgot that non-academic books existed. As a kid, I spent many a summer night so deeply engrossed in a book that I couldn’t put it down until sleep overtook me, and it’s been really nice to get back into reading for pleasure.
Another way that I’ve been celebrating summer is through dishes like this bacon cheeseburger gnocchi! Even though we can enjoy burgers throughout the year (and likewise, the ingredients for this gnocchi are readily available throughout the year), there’s something quintessentially summery about a cheeseburger. Since I don’t have a grill, I decided to make a deconstructed version and toss some gnocchi into the mix—but you could also use pasta, if you prefer! Unlike a traditional cheeseburger, which is usually pretty sparse in the vegetable department, this gnocchi can stand as a meal all by itself, since it’s just as much a salad as it is a meat and potatoes kind of dish.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet—after all, I have to conserve my words for my dissertation, since it’s certainly not going to write itself! Have a great week, and if you’ve read any great books lately, please leave a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear your recommendations.
- 1 package (16 ounces) gnocchi
- 5 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch squares
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 5 ounces arugula
- Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
- Stir together the cheese and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Add the evaporated milk and garlic powder and cook over low heat, whisking often, until all the cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate or bowl, leaving the grease in the skillet.
- Place the onion in the skillet (you may need to add a bit of vegetable oil if you are using turkey bacon, which has less fat), reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the ground turkey, salt, and pepper, and cook until no pink remains. When the turkey is nearly done, add the tomatoes.
- Once the turkey is done and the tomatoes are slightly wrinkled in appearance, turn off the heat and stir in the gnocchi, bacon, and arugula. Let sit for 1-2 minutes before serving. Drizzle cheese sauce on top of individual portions as desired.
- I use ground turkey and turkey bacon, but feel free to substitute ground beef and regular bacon.
- For a simpler version, skip the cheese sauce and melt grated cheddar cheese on top.
- Cheese sauce recipe adapted from Cooking Light (Oct. 2014).
chef mimi says
All i can say is wow!!!
Debbie Spivey says
Thanks! I hope you get a chance to try it.
David | Spiced says
Ooo..I wanna read your dissertation! I’m a nerd like that. 🙂 I also love to read, and we’ve rediscovered our local library, too. It turns out they have a great kids section, so we’ve enjoyed taking Robbie there to play with puzzles and whatnot on rainy weekend days. But let’s talk food. If I had to make a list, gnocchi and cheeseburgers would both be very, very high up on the list…so the combo here is literally making me ready to go make this for dinner tonight! It looks amazing, my friend!!
That’s great that you’ve got such a kid-friendly library! I remember spending tons of time at the library as a kid. I hope you get a chance to try this gnocchi sometime – I promise you, it’s far more enjoyable than reading my dissertation would be 😉
Looks and sounds amazing! Love the star towel as well:)
Thanks! And yes, I thought the star-spangled towel was a fitting choice for a dish inspired by the good ol’ American cheeseburger 😉
Sounds and looks super delicious! 🙂 I dont see ready to use gnocchi usually in markets here and making gnocchi at home has been my dream since ages but never got around trying it, this recipe sounds so simple, but at the same time delicious! If only I could get a bowl right now.. 🙂
Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂
Thanks! I’m sure this would work equally well with pasta. I’ve been wanting to make homemade gnocchi for a long time too, but it’s the same thing – I just haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for hosting this week!
Cake Lover says
We tried this recipe and it is every bit as delicious as you described. I hope that people actually make this recipe and comment on this page so others can be inspired to make it. Thanks for the recipe!!
I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for reporting back 🙂
You had me at bacon with your recipe 🙂 It sounds so good and I also love that you used turkey mince as your burger meat. I love minced/ground turkey as it’s too versatile! Pinned and will be trying. As for the book, I highly recommend “The Stranger in My Home” by Adele Parks. Good Summer read. 🙂
Thanks, Jo! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. And thanks for the book recommendation! The blurb I read online looks intriguing – I’ll have to check that out 🙂
Lewis Morti says
This looks so good! Thank you for sharing this bacon cheeseburger gnocchi recipe, Will need to try it soon. I’m ready to go make this for dinner tonight! It looks amazing, my friend!!
Thanks! I’m so glad this caught your eye. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂