This Hot Model/Chef Wants to Make You Dinner
Courtesy of Ford Models
Today is one of the greatest fake holidays of the year—National Men Make Dinner Day—and in celebration of the occasion, dashing English model Isaac Carew, of Ford Models, wants to serve you dinner. But don't you worry—there will be Top Ramen involved. In addition to being an accomplished male model with countless campaigns under his belt, he's also a trained chef—browse his Instagram for a glimpse at his culinary masterpieces—and will soon launch his own foodie website, TheDirtyDishes.co.uk, which will host his recipes and short cooking videos.
To serve you dinner, virtually at least, Carew is sharing his recipe for potato gnocchi with basil pesto. Read on below and enjoy!
Courtesy of Isaac Carew
Ingredients for Pesto
1 large bunch basil, end stalks trimmed
1 large garlic glove
50 g grated parmesan
50 g toasted pine nuts
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Olive oil for sauce consistency
Pinch of salt
Ingredients for Gnocchi
2 potatoes, baked
100 g fine plain flour
Pinch of salt, or to your own preference
To make the gnocchi, bake the potatoes at a high temperature for an hour until soft and fluffy. Remove potato skin by cutting the potato in half and scraping out the insides. You then take the fluffy skinless potato and put it through a ricer or, alternatively, mash them. You'll get a lighter, fluffier gnocchi through a ricer, but mashing it works fine too.
Dust surface with flour and add around 100 g flour to your potato until you get a dough-like consistency. Then cut the dough in half and roll it into a cigar-like shape and cut into thumb-sized pillows
I like to blanche mine for a minute or until they float to the top of the boiling water, drain, then pan-fry them in butter until light golden brown.
When my gnocchis are ready, to make my pesto I add all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
I like to place the gnocchi on a dinner plate and drizzle the pesto on and around the lumps of pillowy goodness, grate parmesan all over them to your preference, and scatter a few toasted pine nuts.
Tip: Save potato skins for another dish. You can bake the skins with herbs and spices of your choice and can make mini edible salad bowls or just enjoy as they are with a yummy sour cream dip.
Read more recipes from fashion insiders in American Fashion Cookbook by Lisa Marsh ($10).
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