When I think of Chanukah, latkes are always at the forefront of my mind! Shredded potatoes and onions pan-fried in lots of oil. What could be wrong with that?!? But there are so many other ways to highlight potatoes for the holidays so I decided to try something a little different this year. Potato Gnocchi stirred together with a luscious cheesy béchamel to create the richest and decadent Mac & Cheese you can imagine! Using a simple recipe for gnocchi on Joy of Kosher, you just grate the boiled potatoes and add eggs, flour and herbs. Next, you roll and cut the dough in to little dumplings then boil for 3-4 minutes! At this point, you can sauté the cooked gnocchi in a frying pan and eat with fresh herbs or you can do what I did and bake with the super-cheesy cream sauce. I use a version of this béchamel to bake macaroni & cheese for my kids so I knew it would be perfect for the adorable little potato dumplings.
After making the creamy béchamel, you can stir in the gnocchi or pour the sauce right over the top of the dumplings in a casserole dish. Top with a mixture of freshly grated parmesan and bread crumbs and dollop on some extra butter. I mean, who says no to butter??? It adds extra richness and crunch to each bite.