I follow several international food accounts on instagram. Recently, a Middle Eastern foodie friend of mine brought Semolina to my attention. Wikipedia (because I like a straightforward definition), defines Semolina as the course, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat, or pasta wheat. It can be incorporated in savory or sweet dishes and is used in a lot of different parts of the world. I found mine at Nabeel's European Market, here in Birmingham.
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If you read the recipe, you'll see that after you've added the semolina to the simmering milk, they want you to keep stirring for 7 to 10 minutes. Well, the dough got super thick fast, so I didn't stir for anywhere near that long. I'm sure there's a good reason they want you to stir that long, but I didn't hang in there to find out what it was. Ha! And my finished product still turned out delish!
After refrigerating my dough for about an hour, I used the rim of a glass to cut out perfectly round Gnocchis.
When the finished product came out of the oven, it was soooo yummy! Semolina Gnocchi is comfort food. To describe the taste, I would say a warm, buttery, fluffy, cheesy delight. These were excellent served with a chicken curry dish. They taste great alone, but it took it over the top when we dipped them in the curry sauce!
In fact, these were so good, I made them the next night too! This time, I added in Bacon and Spinach. If you try this recipe, you'll see that you can incorporate any flavor you like during the butter/egg/cheese step (see recipe).
I always enjoy branching out with new foods and ingredients. I hope I can inspire you to try something new too. Semolina is a good way to go. If you search it on Pinterest, you'll see the savory and sweet recipe ideas are endless! It is a very versatile ingredient. It also can't hurt that it is popular in many international locales. Make your meals a little more cultural!