This Pulled Pork Gnocchi features tender pulled pork and potato gnocchi in a butter sauce with sage and pine nuts.
Potato Gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes and when I learned how easy it was to make at home, I started making it in all different ways, including this recipe.
Gnocchi is potato dumplings, so it makes sense that it would pair so well with pulled pork. The two together make this a substantial meal that is an exciting way to dress up gnocchi.
Also featured in this dish is crispy sage leaves, toasted pine nuts, and finely grated Parmesan cheese.
I am not kidding when I say that all of these ingredients together make a really addicting dish. When you eat the last bite, you’ll already be wishing you had seconds.
How to Make Pulled Pork Gnocchi
There are a few steps to making this dish, including making the pulled pork and making the gnocchi, then putting it all together.
You can purchase both of these ingredients already made, which will cut down dramatically on the time it takes to make this recipe. Or you can make them yourself. I go back and forth on the gnocchi, but I always make the pulled pork myself.
Below are instructions for both.
Step 1: Making the Pulled Pork
Once it’s done, you can shred the pork and use it for this pulled pork gnocchi. I also like to crisp the pork in the pan before adding it to the dish. It gives it a little extra crunch and flavor.
To do this, just get a large pan – big enough so the meat can be spread out and not piled up; that’s what allows it to get crispy. Add some cooking oil (I use olive oil) to the pan and get it very hot. Then add the pork and don’t touch it for 2-3 minutes.
Once a crust is formed, you can flip over the meat and crisp again on the other side.
Step 2: Make the Gnocchi
You can use store-bought gnocchi for this dish. There are many brands of gnocchi you can purchase that are very good. However, I’ve had a few not so good ones too, so you might have to try a few brands before you find one that is light and fluffy, the way it should be.
OR you can learn to make gnocchi at home! It’s not difficult, but it’s not a super fast process, either.
If you’ve decided to make your own, hop over to this post where we show you how to make it. It’ll take a few hours, since you have to boil the potatoes and then roll out the gnocchi.
By the way, potatoes aren’t the only thing you can use to make gnocchi. If you like beets, you should try this easy homemade beet gnocchi recipe.
Step 3: Cook the Gnocchi
Whether you’re using store bought or homemade gnocchi, it has to be boiled first. Cook it in a pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes, until it floats to the top. Don’t over do it, or they’ll fall apart in the water.
As soon as they float, remove them from the water and toss the gnocchi with butter in a pan for about 3-5 minutes.
Remove the gnocchi to a plate.
Add the pine nuts and sage to the pan in order to toast the pine nuts and crisp up the sage.
As those are cooking, top the gnocchi with the pulled pork on the plate. When the sage is crispy, add that and the pine nuts over the top of the pork. Grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the whole dish. Add a little bit of salt. And serve.
I like to serve this dish for lunch or dinner. It’s substantial enough for a main dish. You might want to be sure you make extra, because it’s really good and you’ll definitely want more the next day.
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Pulled Pork Gnocchi
- 4 oz pulled pork
- 8 oz gnocchi homemade or store bought
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 6 fresh sage leaves chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- Cook the gnocchi in a pot of salted water on a low boil for 3-5 minutes, or until they float to the top. Remove them with a slotted spoon.
- In a pan over medium-high heat, crispy the pulled pork, then transfer it to serving bowls. Melt the butter in the pan. Add the cooked gnocchi to the pan and toss to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the gnocchi to the serving bowls.
- In the same pan, toast the pine nuts and sage in the remaining butter. Cook until the sage is crispy, about 4 minutes.
- Sprinkle the crispy sage and pine nuts over the top of the pulled pork and gnocchi. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the whole dish.
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