Nothing says gnocchi like… lettuce wraps. Wait, what?! Ok, so a lettuce wrap recipe isn’t exactly what you think of when you plan to make gnocchi, but maybe we need to change that with Shrimp and Gnocchi Lettuce Wraps.
I’m having such fun playing mad scientist in my new kitchen; it makes me think of my oldest brother. Growing up, Kevin was the experimental cook in our family.
While the rest of us learned mom’s recipes to-a-tee, Kevin was whipping up his own creations. As siblings do, we always teased him for this.
His concoctions weren’t the prettiest dishes, so we often refused to try them, but at least he was adventurous. Now that I look back, I bet some of the things he made were pretty darn good.
Over the years I’ve learned that part of what makes cooking fun is taking ingredients that don’t normally go together and creating something new and exciting.
(Sorry it took me so long, Kevin.)
I particularly love doing this with pasta. I mean really, what doesn’t go with pasta? It’s so easy to create delectable dishes with any variety of noodle.
Today I’ve got a lettuce wrap recipe that combines shrimp and Delallo gnocchi!
These perfect little pillows of carby goodness are a lovely surprise wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf. I quickly sautéed the shrimp, then gave the gnocchi a little sear to provide texture.
Honestly, what could be better than little balls of potato dough, crispy on the outside, but soft and moist in the middle?
Shrimp and Gnocchi Lettuce Wraps are like putting tiny Asian dumplings inside the lettuce wraps.
These crispy little potato dumplings are a beautiful pairing with the garlicky shrimp, smothered in spicy serrano mint sauce. It gives the lettuce wrap so much contrast.
Cool. Crisp. Herby. Spicy. Moist. Tender. Mmmmmm.
The addition of gnocchi in this lettuce wrap recipe makes it so much more than an appetizer. Shrimp and Gnocchi Lettuce Wraps could be dinner, appetizers, or lunch.
Maybe even breakfast….
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