Usually a picture is worth a thousand words but in this case, the title is worth more. Does this product really require some sort of intro like I usually provide? It comes from Trader Joe’s – check. This is gnocchi we’re talking about – check. And somehow, they managed to create a cauliflower based gnocchi – big check. Need I say more? Didn’t think so. Onto the review.
Ease of Cooking (7.0)
Weren’t expecting that did you? First of all, if you’ve been seeing this on Instagram then you already know that following the instructions on the bag creates a pretty soggy version of what you should be getting. I tried to follow it once and was not happy with the outcome, to put it lightly. Thankfully, I purchased backups because I knew I’d want more in the future and that these would sell out extremely fast. I tried again, this time putting it in the oven at 375 degrees. It took almost AN HOUR (flipping at the 30-35 min mark) for these little guys to cook. I usually rate this kind of “set it and forget it” cooking more highly but this was a bit of a hassle time wise. I have to reduce some points also for not having the best cooking instructions on the bag. I’m surprised with you Trader Joe.
If you want to see how I cooked this, find my profile @upyoursgluten on instagram or click on my link to my account at the bottom of the page. In my profile, there is a highlighted story for visual instructions. It isn’t hard but in case you need some visuals it will be there for a while.
So maybe it was worth the hassle. No, it was definitely worth the hassle. Another, tastes great and doesn’t make you feel guilty food product that I can happily recommend to anyone who likes food. So that’s everyone. I paired mine with a Rao’s four cheese tomato sauce with sauteed mushrooms and it came out fantastic. However, I’ve heard a pesto sauce is the perfect pair but didn’t cook that up myself.
Did I Get Sick (NO)
Be forewarned, this DOESN’T say it is gluten free anywhere on the packaging, even though this item’s popularity has spread like wildfire in the gluten free community. I would rest easy after eating this though for a few reasons. Anecdotally speaking, I didn’t get sick. This can always be just luck with something that isn’t certified GF but the ingredients are minimal and it doesn’t indicate anything about wheat or gluten, even trace amounts.
The taste of the food plus the fact that it is a cauliflower based gnocchi which I’ve never seen before makes this amazing. The difficulty of cooking paired with the fact that this isn’t even advertised as gluten free is what brings down the points a bit. Although I must rate things very fairly and strictly based on these gluten free criteria; it deserves a high recommendation.