These easy Toasted Gnocchi Bites are always the hit of the party! Crispy little bites dipped in marinara sauce, they’re the perfect simple and quick little holiday or game day appy!
Anyone looking for a quick, easy and zesty little New Year’s Eve appy? I’ve gotcha covered!
These Toasted Gnocchi Bites are fried to a tasty golden, crispy crust and just delicious dipped in marinara sauce. What I love about this appetizer is that you can do all the breading ahead of time and the gnocchi can then be refrigerated on a parchment-lined plate for a few hours until you’re ready to fry, so no last minute scrambling.
Don’t be scared away by the deep-frying either folks. You’ll simply add some canola oil to a deep heavy skillet, about one-inch high and cook the oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, you’ll add the gnocchi in batches and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, flipping the gnocchi every so often to make sure it’s evenly browned. So easy!
You can either make homemade marinara or use store-bought. It just depends on how much time you have and how easy you want to make things on yourself. I usually have extra pizza sauce in my fridge from my Detroit-Style Pizza, so I often use that, but honestly store-bought works perfectly fine.
Toasted Gnocchi Bites Ingredients
- shelf-stable potato gnocchi
- all-purpose flour
- Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- parmesan cheese
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- canola oil
- marinara sauce for serving
A Few Cook’s Notes for Toasted Gnocchi Bites
Make sure to heat your canola oil in your skillet over medium heat, not higher, so the gnocchi browns evenly and doesn’t burn.
As mentioned above, you can use homemade or store-bought marinara sauce. You can also use my recipe for homemade pizza sauce that is linked above.
I use Italian-style bread crumbs for this recipe not panko crumbs. I like to add the extra Italian seasoning to give the gnocchi more flavor.
More Delicious Appetizer Recipes to Enjoy
- 1 16-oz. package potato gnocchi,
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- canola oil, for frying
- marinara sauce, for serving
- Cook the gnocchi in a pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
- Place flour in one bowl.Beat eggs with one tablespoon water in another bowl.In a third bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper with a fork until well combined.
- Toss the gnocchi, a few at a time, first in the flour, then egg, then bread crumb mixture. Place the gnocchi on a plate lined with parchment.
- Add the canola oil to a large deep skillet about one-inch high. Heat oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, fry the gnocchi in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 2 1/2-3 minutes total. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain before adding to a platter and serving with some warm marinara sauce.