Monday, January 11, 2021

Trader Joe's Gnocchi al Gorgonzola with Langostino


Trader Joe's Gnocchi al Gorgonzola with Langostino


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, 
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.” 
~ Edith Sitwell

January begins a quiet, cozy time of the year. The hustle of the holidays is over and our houses are put back into their usual order and they suddenly feel empty without the sparkle of a Christmas tree and other decorations. The day's light begins to grow longer, minute by minute, but there is a frosty chill in the air. The freshness of the New Year still reverberates in our minds, with hopes and expectations in our hearts. 

As current and ongoing events have brought unexpected turmoil to the news, may we find even more comfort in making our home our refuge, and that definitely includes some tasty homecooked meals.
I'd like to share with you this week a very easy recipe that has become a holiday favorite side dish for my family for the past few years.




One of the purchases I always make for our traditional, Italian style,  Christmas Eve Seafood Dinner is the 2-pound package of Wild Langostino from Costco.  Although langostino is Spainish for "little lobsters," and has a similar taste, they are not lobsters but another genre of crustacean, similar to a hermit crab.  I usually simply saute them in a skillet in some butter, garlic and fresh chopped parsley and serve them as one of several seafood sides. One Christmas Eve, however, I had the idea to make a couple packages of Trader Joe's brand frozen Gnocchi al Gorgonzola in a large skillet and then add the langostino to that. Voila!  It was a hit with my family, who referred to as "the best mac and cheese they ever ate!"  



The Trader Joe's Gnocchi al Gorgonzola come frozen in a one-pound package and serve three. I prepared two packages, as we usually have 8 adults and four children at our table on Christmas Eve. The gnocchi pasta and included squares of gorgonzola cheese sauce cook in about seven minutes, according to the package directions.  When the cheese sauce is completely melted, and the gnocchi are cooked, I added the two-pounds of langostino. The Costco brand langostino come pre-cooked and frozen, so after defrosting and draining they just require warming up.  Before serving I added some grinds of black pepper and a handful of chopped parsley


Easy as that, and so, so, good! 

Since langostino may be difficult to find year-round, you can substitute shrimp, crawfish, bay scallops, lobster meat, etc, adjusting cooking time as needed to make sure the seafood is cooked. 

Using the frozen packages makes this a quick and simple meal, but if you don't have a Trader Joe's in your area from which to buy the frozen Gnocchi al Gorgonzola--click here--for a recipe to make your own.  



A beautiful January sunset! 

Remember: "One kind word can warm three Winter months"

Spread kindness and stay happy, safe and healthy!


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37 comments:

Angie said...

Pat - there is no question that we need comfort food in the winter AND when distress is in our life. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with everyone at Mosaic Monday!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Will the day come, when we will unite as a country. I hope so!
Your meal look delicious, we have a Trader Joe's here. I will try the Gnocchi al Gorgonzola. I have never heard of Langostino, I will have to look for in one of our stores. I do not belong to Costco. Your sunset photo is gorgeous. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

Michele Morin said...

Wow, this looks like a crowd pleaser!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That looks really good! I always wondered if the langostino from Costco was good. Glad to know it is!

Barbara Rogers said...

This sounds delicious (if I weren't on this cardiac diet!) I used to love seafood a lot...and cheese. Oh well, you can enjoy it for me!

Jeannelle said...

Looks like a delicious dish! And, your sunset photo is unique and beautiful! Happy days to you!

Ruth Hiebert said...

That sunset is spectacular .

Rain said...

Hi Pat :) I love the idea of home being our refuge. I certainly see it that way. Oh my you had me at Gorgonzola....your dish looks super delicious! I love that cheese - in small doses! I've never been a blue fan, but Gorgonzola in a pasta sauce tempts me every time. I remember going to an Italian restaurant a long time ago in Montreal, I had Gorgonzola and strawberry risotto...I'll never forget that. I have not been able to recreate that amazing dish to my satisfaction so it remains a yummy memory! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pat, I just read practically every word of this post out loud to Bill. He said “write those two things down on the list!” Done. We will think of you when we eat what I already know we will love. Thank you in advance. Yes, nature and comfort food are keeping me grounded. (And reading wonderful posts from wonderful bloggers!).

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

that sunset is amazing

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The Jan sunset is spectacular! I love comfort food when it's cold. I made beef stew a few days ago and it was good too! Stay warm!

ellen b. said...

Thanks for this yummy idea and combination. It looks delicious. Happy new week to you!

stevebethere said...

That LQQKS delish I do hope you saved me a very large portion heheh!

That sunset capture LQQKS fab :-)

Have a gnocchitastice safe week 😷😷😷

Jim said...

Looks tasty.

Villrose said...

A good idea to make this lovely dish!

Janice said...

Tempting food and beautiful sunset.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Yes, we all need comfort these days, Pat! Your meal looks wonderful! I sure wish we had a Trader Joes. They have so many great items that other groceries don't. Oh, the sunset photo is superb! Happy New Year to you and yours.

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous sunset!

We eat a lot of veggie gnocchi.

Jeanie said...

That looks super fantastic. I don't usually look at the TJ frozen things much, since it's an hour and a half away and usually there is another stop on the way home. In the winter (oh, if only I could GO THERE NOW!) it's a little easier, just leave it in the trunk! But I'm going to remember this gnocci -- I love the way you prepared it and I will not forget!

Dawn said...

oooh what a comforting dish you made, looks and sounds delicious.
Have a great week
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I'm holding an imaginary spoon ready to dig into your dish. Drooooooool. Ooooooo. Yummmy. Thank you. Yummmmmm.

Tai East said...

This looks so good, Pat! I'll be saving this post, so I can give it a try! Thanks for sharing! 😊

Lowcarb team member said...

Not sure if my first comment came through, as I got an oops message from blogger!!!

Your dish looks so tasty.
Winter is a time for warming soups, stews and casseroles.
I like the photograph of the sunset.

My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

I don't have a Trader Joe's near my house but I definitely think this recipe would be delicious. Thanks for sharing a family favorite. #HomeMattersParty

Tom said...

,,,this is something that I have never had.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Yum, that looks delicious. I like the quote too!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That looks great. I love gnocci but we haven't tried Trader Joe's version yet although we eat all sorts of other stuff from there. Great recipe!!

MarilynsTreats said...

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

MarilynsTreats said...

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

Nanda kumar said...

Love the crepuscular rays

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Oh my, but you have left my mouth watering! It looks so very delicious! Have wonderful weekend!

Light and Voices said...

Greetings and Salutations! I have been avoiding large stores like Costco so will be unable to purchase the langostino there. I will search for it at other smaller stores. Trader Joe's is nearby. YEA! My husband adores Mac and Cheese. I have got to make this recipe this winter. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What for? The recipe! I also have a collection of quotes. I'm hoping to share Edith Sitwill's quote soon. Be safe.

Ann said...

Perfect for a cold, winter day! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

Buttercup said...

I saw the link on Pink Saturday and wondered who was posting this fabulous meal. No surprise it was you. I've got gnocchi in the freezer and think I'll get some shrimp to liven it up. Love seeing your cooking ideas. Take care ans stay well.

Michelle said...

This looks delicious and I always love seeing the food you cook! Thank you for linking up and stay well!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow...that photo with the rays.....Michelle

Red Rose Alley said...

This looks soooo good. My daughters love shopping at Trader Joes. They have such wonderful foods there, especially around the holidays. You mentioned living in Colorado on your comment. My best friends lived there for many years until she moved back to Calif. She liked living there, it was beautiful, but she always mentioned the cold months in Winter and would retreat to Palm Springs.

~Sheri