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Eat For Eight Bucks: Gnocchi and Red Cabbage Gratin

[Photograph: Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls, Small Kitchen]

Potatoes and cabbage remind me of the diet Charlie Bucket and his family survived on before Willy Wonka's golden ticket came their way. But prepare these humble ingredients with a little Italian flair, and you'll have an elegant, affordable dish.

This gnocchi and red cabbage gratin may have a minimal ingredient list, but the process of slow cooking the cabbage and presenting the little dumplings beneath a sprinkle of crispy breadcrumbs makes it both completely winning and totally cheap.

Shopping List: 1 pound fresh potato gnocchi, $2.50; 1.5 pounds red cabbage, $2.30; 2 slices sourdough bread (prorated), $0.50.
Pantry Items: Butter, olive oil, caraway seeds, salt.
Total Cost (for 3-4 portions): $5.30

About the authors: Phoebe and Cara are the co-founders of Big Girls, Small Kitchen, a food and cooking website for twenty-something cooks looking for user-friendly, affordable ways to navigate their kitchens. They have a heated, decade-long rivalry about whose Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie is the best. Their book, Big Girls, Small Kitchen, will be published in the spring of 2011 by William Morrow. Visit their blog here.

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