Posted by Constance de Vencay


1 fresh black winter truffle
3 small cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 pounds gnocchi
white pepper


How To:

Bring a big pot of salted water to boil. Cook the gnocchi for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander. Then drizzle with some olive oil and set aside – this helps prevent sticking.
Rinse out the same pot.
Melt the butter over low heat, add the garlic, stir and cook for 3 minutes.
Over very low heat, whisk the flour into the butter/garlic mixture to form a paste.
Slowly drizzle in the heavy cream and continue whisking until smooth over very low heat.
Stir in 2 tablespoons finely minced black winter truffle.
Continue stirring until slightly thickened; about 3 – 5 minutes. Stir in the cheeses until smooth.
Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat and fold in the gnocchi.
Serve with more shaved truffle as garnish.

** if you want to bake the creamy gnocchi, divide the mixture between 4 small baking dishes. Sprinkle the tops with a mixture of both kinds of cheese (grated), then bake at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes; until lightly golden and bubbly.


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