Published on: Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:07:43.
Italian carbonara is one of the classic sauces. Since it's not exactly low in calories, it has unfortunately fallen into disrepute. But low-carb fans don't worry about calories, so we can enjoy carbonara to our hearts' content. The real question is what kind of pasta we should put the sauce on.
We've developed a special kind of gnocchi made with almond flour. In homage to the great jazz/soul musician, we call them "Mandgnocchi". The gnocchi dough consists of almond flour, gluten, 1 egg, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 5-6 EL water. In addition to 1/4 dsp salt, we season it with some freshly-grated nutmeg.
Form the dough into 4 cm long gnocchi and saute them lightly in butter. Careful! Turn the gnocchi often, because almond dough burns easily. When making gnocchi for 4 people, don't put them all into the pan at once or they will break.
While the gnocchi are frying, move on to the carbonara. It's a good idea to make plenty of sauce, since our Mandgnocchi will absorb a lot. Never make the sauce first, since it tastes best when it is very fresh. To begin, saute a finely chopped onion in a pan with a mixture of 50% butter and 50% olive oil. If you want, throw in a clove of garlic. Then add diced boiled ham. Don't let it brown too long, especially if you bought a nice juicy ham.
Mandgnocchi Carbonara to serve 4:
|200 g (8 oz)||almond flour|
|100 g_(4 oz)||gluten|
|2 tbsp||olive oil|
|1||clove of garlic|
|100 g_(4 oz)||boiled ham|
|300 ml_(1 1/2cup)||cream|
|50 g_(2 oz)||Parmesan|
|100 ml_(1/2 cup)||white wine|
Remove the pan from the burner and put the egg/cream mixture into it. Stir briefly and add the still-hot gnocchi to the sauce. The carbonara will only taste the way it should if the egg does not clot and flake.
Red Beet Carpaccio to serve 4:
|2-3||small red beets|
|2 dsp||horseradish, shredded|
|50 g_(2 oz)||pine nuts|
|6 tbsp||olive oil|
|1 dsp||Dijon mustard|
|2 tbsp||raspberry vinegar|
|2 tbsp||lemon juice|
|200 g (8 oz)||sour cream|
|100 ml_(1/2 cup)||milk|
|1 l||cooking water from Red Beet Carpaccio|
|200 ml_(1 cup)||cream|
|5 g||guar gum|
Cut the cold beets into thin slices and lay them in a bowl. The vinaigrette marinade for the carpaccio is made with raspberry vinegar, a little Dijon mustard, some lemon juice, and olive oil. Beat this well until it is creamy. Then add a finely chopped onion, a diced apple, and toasted pine nuts.
Pour the vinaigrette over the red beets and let sit in the refrigerator for half an hour. To top it off, beat the milk and sour cream together and spread abundantly on the carpaccio.
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