This might just be the dish that starts a new tradition on our Easter brunch table.  Last week, we had a great time at the coast celebrating spring break.  We decided to travel back on Saturday so that we could spend Easter at home.  I normally cook a big, beautiful ham and serve it with fresh veggies and lot’s of deviled eggs.  This year, I discovered just what little time I had left to prepare our traditional meal so I decided to make something a “little” different.
Gnocchi with Ham & Peas
I made this beautiful, creamy, delicious gnocchi and it was the star of the day!  Those tender little dumplings were perfect with savory ham, fresh peas all baked in a creamy sauce topped with cheese.  Of course, we still had deviled eggs and I made a sweet fruit salad to round out the menu.  It was a wonderful, new Easter Brunch that is destined to make a comeback!
Gnocchi for Easter
Gnocchi with Ham & Peas
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium size onion – diced
1 cup chopped ham – from deli or leftovers
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup chicken broth plus 1/2 cup water
1 package potato gnocchi – 17.5 oz. standard size
1 cup frozen peas – thawed
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup heavy cream or half & half
1 cup shredded parmesan or cheddar cheese
  • Preheat oven broiler to high.
  • Melt butter in large ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until translucent.
  • Add ham and thyme. Continue to cook until ham is slightly brown on edges.
  • Pour in chicken broth/water and bring to a simmer.
  • Gently add gnocchi, stir until ingredients are mixed then cover and cook until gnocchi is tender – about 4 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat.  Stir in peas, lemon zest and cream.
  • Adjust seasonings with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a generous pinch of
    pepper.
  • Top with cheeses and broil until golden and bubbly,
    approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • To serve – sprinkle with additional cheese and chopped chives.
  • Cooks Notes ~ 
    • Gnocchi is a potato dumpling and can be found in the dried pasta or frozen section in most grocery stores.
    • I used deli sandwich ham, which I diced.  Using leftover ham would work wonderfully in this dish.
    • Any cheese can be used in the dish.  I had Parmesan and Cheddar on hand so that is what I used.  A single cheese or combination of 2 is fine to use.
Potato Gnocchi with Ham & Peas