Recipe Spotlight: Bairdi Crab Gnocchi

Bairdi Crab Gnocchi

All you need:

  • 2 (16 oz each) pkg gnocchi
  • 1 pound fresh bairdi crab meat, picked
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Drain and place in a sprayed 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  3. Stir the crab meat into the gnocchi.
  4. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat, and whisk in flour. Whisk in lemon zest, garlic and milk until smooth and warmed through.
  5. Stirring constantly, stir in the Gruyere cheese, Havarti Cheese, 1/4 cup parsley, nutmeg, salt and pepper until smooth. Pour over the gnocchi and crab; mix until well incorporated.
  6. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and toss with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over gnocchi.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Garnish with remaining parsley before serving.

Author: Stacey Wertzberger

My name is Stacey Wertzberger and I am the chef at Hy-Vee’s Fleur Drive store in Des Moines. I am a 2004 graduate of Iowa State University, where I received a degree in hotel and restaurant management. I worked for six years as a sous chef at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines before joining Hy-Vee six years ago. I worked first as catering manager and then became the chef at the Fleur store in late 2012. What I love most about my job is being able to help people understand they can cook healthy meals without sacrificing flavor. I like helping people make memories in the kitchen. Most of my fondest memories are around the kitchen and food, and I like helping people understand that it’s not hard to make a gourmet meal that people will remember.