Gnocchi Parisienne

Gnocchi Parisienne is a wonderful main course or side dish to serve any time.

Pillowy puffs of gnocchi are baked to create a crisp exterior.  Such a lovely offset!

These gnocchi are a specialty of Jacques Pépin who cooks them 3 times:  the first is in making the dough as one would pâte à choux on the cooktop.  Second, you poach the gnocchi puffs in boiling water.  Third, you bake the gnocchi with melted butter, olive oil and Parmesan cheese.  Sounding pretty darn good, right?

Begin combining melted butter and milk with flour in a saucepan and stirring until a solid mass forms and it’s slightly dry.

Transfer to a food processor, add eggs, Parmesan, salt and nutmeg and process for about 15 seconds until the dough is smooth.

Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip and press the dough out of the pastry bag in 1 & 1/2-inch pieces into a pot of simmering water.

Poach the gnocchi for 2 or 3 minutes or until they float to the surface.  Once poached, carefully transfer them to a bowl with ice water in it.  Drain them once they are cool and set aside.

Arrange the gnocchi in an overproof baking dish.  Drizzle with olive oil, melted butter and Parmesan cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until it is puffed and golden brown.

Garnish the gnocchi with fresh basil and additional Parmesan cheese and serve immediately!

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Gnocchi Parisienne

Makes: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour & 10 minutes


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (about 4 & 1/4 ounces)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Torn fresh basil and shaved Parmesan


Bring milk and 1/4 cup melted butter to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Remove from heat, and add flour all at once, stirring quickly using a sturdy wooden spoon. Return pan to heat over low, stirring constantly until mixture forms a solid mass. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is somewhat dry, about 1 minute.

Transfer dough to bowl of a food processor. Process until slightly cool, about 10 seconds. Add eggs, 3 tablespoons Parmesan, salt, and nutmeg; process until dough is very smooth and paste-like, 15 to 20 seconds.

Fill a large pot with salted water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil over high; reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a very gentle simmer.

Spoon dough into a piping bag fitted with an 11/16-inch-round piping tip. If you don’t have the round tip, just snip off the end of the pastry bag so that it has a 3/4-inch opening. Working in 3 to 4 batches, rest the piping tip on edge of pot to position it over the simmering water and press dough out, slicing off 1- to 1 & 1/2-inch-long pieces using a paring knife. Make sure to release dough close to the water surface to avoid splashing.

Poach gnocchi in simmering water until they rise to the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. (Avoid allowing the water to reach a boil; the gnocchi will cook too fast, expand, and eventually deflate. Gnocchi should poach without expanding, since they will expand later when reheated in the oven.) Meanwhile, prepare a bowl of ice and water. Carefully lift gnocchi from water using a slotted spoon; place in ice bath, and let cool. (Gnocchi will sink to bottom of bowl when cool.) Drain and pat gnocchi dry using paper towels; use immediately, or refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange cooled gnocchi in a single layer in an 11- x 8-inch, 6 & 1/2-cup gratin dish. Drizzle with oil and remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan.

Bake in preheated oven until puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. (Gnocchi will deflate slightly out of oven.) Garnish with basil and shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead:

Gnocchi can be prepared through step 5 and stored in refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Recipe by Food & Wine


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