|Award-winning ‘Ulu Gnocchi|
Yesterday we spent the morning at the Breadfruit Festival in Captain Cook, Hawaii. The main aim of the festival is to promote breadfruit use in everyday cooking.
|Making ‘ulu (breadfruit) poi|
The starchy fruit, similar to potato, is a logical replacement for rice, bread, flour, tortillas and potatoes when eaten in the “green” stage. Once the fruit ripens, it can be used in various desserts.
|Sam Choy giving a cooking demo|
Breadfruit grows abundantly here in the islands, although it is not widely used. We know this because most of our food is imported from abroad, particularly our most common starches. Hopefully attendees were able to learn some new uses for the fruit at the festival, I certainly did.
|My ‘ulu gnocchi won the heathy choice award!|
I currently have a breadfruit and portuguese sausage stew bubbling away in the slow cooker as I type this, inspired by the winning recipe at the cooking contest. My entry, recipe below, got second place in the entree division as well as nabbing the “Healthiest Choice” award of which I am particularly proud. You all know by now how passionate I am about making food that is good for our bodies as well as the ‘aina. I hope you will give breadfruit a chance, maybe even by trying the recipe below.
‘Ulu (Breadfruit) Gnocchi with Hamakua Mushroom Ragout
To cook the gnocchi, bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add a cup or so of gnocchi to the pot at a time, boiling for 1-2 minutes or until gnocchi float to the surface. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and boil the next batch. Take care not to crowd the gnocchi, this is why we cook them in batches.
Toss cooked gnocchi in the ragout and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!