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  • 500g gnocchi
  • 4 lightly hot-smoked salmon fillets (skins removed)
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4-6 pellets of frozen spinach
  • salad, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Put the gnocchi into a baking dish and nestle the salmon fillets in between – everything should fit fairly snugly.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the cream, milk, lemon zest, thyme leaves, parmesan and mustard, and season well.

  • STEP 3

    Add the frozen spinach to the baking dish and pour over the cream. Cover and chill for up to 12 hrs.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7 and bake for 20-25 mins, giving it a gentle mix halfway to break up the spinach, until the gnocchi is tender and the salmon is cooked through. Serve with a salad.


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Anna GloverSenior food editor

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