Fried Cheese Gnocchi Appetizers – gluten free & low FODMAP

Mairangi Bay Beach Auckland
As you may know, I see the Pacific Ocean when I look out our kitchen, dining and lounge windows. The photos above and below show the beach which is a two-minute walk from my home. In an effort to move more and help my stiff neck which is the result of hours in front of a computer, I now walk for ten minutes a couple of times a day at work and it is working wonders, along with a myriad of regular exercises. This morning, I walked down to the shops to do the shopping for my afternoon’s cooking session. But first, I detoured down to the beach, hence the photos.
Mairangi Bay beachMairangi Bay beachMairangi Bay township
The last photo above is standing at the end of my small village looking up the hill I take to get to my house a few minutes away. The beach is down the road to the left.
Once I got home, I first baked some cookies for the week’s morning teas and then got all creative. I decided to make some appetizers to go with our usual glass of wine before dinner. I made some gluten-free gnocchi and stuffed them with feta cheese, boiled them as usual and then fried them until they were golden. They took me ages to make and Adriano ate nearly all of them before I could grab some for Dario and his girlfriend, Alex, who were downstairs. I had four or five and that was plenty. Adriano is a bottomless pit which hoovers in food at the speed of light.

The next time I would make each of them smaller so the ratio of gnocchi to cheese would be more even. I might also use a stronger cheese for more flavour.
Anyway, here are the various stages.
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Fried Cheese Gnocchi Appetizers - gluten free & low FODMAP
  • 500gms/17.5oz mashed potatoes
  • 175 gms/6oz white rice flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 100gms/3.5oz feta or another cheese
  1. Place all ingredients except the cheese in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Separate out into four and roll each piece out into a long sausage.
  3. Cut into 1"/2.5cm pieces.
  4. Flatten them out into a circle with your fingers.
  5. Place a piece of cheese on top of half of them.
  6. Place the other halves over the top, squeeze the edges together and roll into ovals.
  7. Boil a big pot of water and place the ovals in a few at a time so the water keeps boiling.
  8. When they rise to the top, scoop them out and drain them well.
  9. Heat oil in a pan and fry them on all sides until golden.
  10. Drain on absorbent paper and eat while hot with a little hot chilli sauce.


Fried Cheese Gnocchi Appetizers - gluten free & low FODMAP


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  1. says

    I love the look of these and I’ve never thought of frying gnocchi. What a great appetiser. And I can just imagine how quickly these disappeared. And thanks so much for sharing the photos of the area where you live – it looks like a little patch of paradise xx

    • says

      They were worth the effort but I would definitely make the ratio of cheese to gnocchi a little different.
      I do live in a very picturesque place – Auckland has many such areas.

  2. says

    Suzanne, you have beautiful views out of your window! I am glad you’re now taking time to get out and enjoy all that beauty! And these little cheese gnocchi appetizers are so cute and delicious looking – I imagine they were waiting for you as a treat after you completed your beautiful walk. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Julia. looking after myself was well over due but I am doing a better job of it now.
      We do live in a beautiful part of the world and often take it for granted. Taking photos of the surrounds is a great way to reaffirm how lovely it is here.

  3. says

    Wow, what a great view and beautiful place you get to live in. That’s great that you take small breaks throughout the day, and with the view you definitely should. Your gnocchi sound really, really good!

  4. says

    oh we love eating these dumplings with stews but a melty cheesy fried version is tempting us,think we wont have any left for the stews after trying this wonderful crisp snacks…delicious

    • says

      I have never tried them in a stew but that sounds like a great idea. If you fry them, you will definitely not have any left for the stew – not if my husband is around.

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