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Semolina and Pyengana cheddar gnocchi, crushed tomato and olive oil

Semolina and Pyengana cheddar gnocchi, crushed tomato and olive oil recipe - For gnocchi, butter two 22cm x 30cm baking trays and line with baking paper.

By Dave Verheul
  • Serves 10
  • 30 mins preparation plus cooling, chilling
  • 45 mins cooking
Semolina and Pyengana cheddar gnocchi, crushed tomato and olive oil
Semolina and Pyengana cheddar gnocchi, crushed tomato and olive oil

"Pyengana cheddar is my favourite cheese from Tasmania," says Embla's Dave Verheul. Start this recipe a day ahead to chill the semolina mixture.
 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, for drizzling
Semolina gnocchi
  • 1.25 litres milk (5 cups)
  • 60 gm butter, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, bruised
  • 375 gm fine semolina
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 200 gm Pyengana cheddar (see note), grated

Method

Main
  • 1
    For gnocchi, butter two 22cm x 30cm baking trays and line with baking paper. Place milk, butter and garlic in a large saucepan over low heat until just simmering and infused (15-20 minutes). Remove garlic and rain in semolina, whisking until thickened (1 minute), then stir continuously until very thick (4-5 minutes). Cool until just warm (1½ hours; this is so the egg won’t scramble). Gradually stir in yolks and 175gm cheddar, season to taste and divide between trays, spreading to 1cm thick. Refrigerate to chill and set (at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight). Cut into rounds with a 6cm-diameter cutter.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 220°C. Arrange gnocchi overlapping in two 1.5-litre baking dishes, top with remaining cheddar and bake until golden (15-20 minutes).
  • 3
    Crush tomatoes in a bowl, discarding most of the solids (you want the juice and not too much pulp), season to taste, add olive oil and spoon over the top of the warm gnocchi to serve.

Notes

Pyengana cheddar is available from select delicatessens. If it’s unavailable, substitute another good cloth-bound cheddar.