Recipe spotlight: Responsible Choice Crab Gnocchi

All you need:

  • 2 (16 oz each) pkg gnocchi
  • 1 pound Responsible Choice fresh crab meat, picked
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1½ cups Panko breadcrumbs

All you do:

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