Love Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning but your store doesn’t have it in stock frequently? Our recipe is so easy to make, with likely ingredients you already have on hand so no need to go hunting for it in store anymore! This homemade seasoning also makes cute DIY gifts. Learn how to make this and you’ll never run out of Everything Bagel Seasoning again!
It sure is easy to buy your own Everything Bagel Seasoning blend at the store, but you know what else is easy? Making it at home so you never run out, and never have to worry about Trader Joe’s being out of stock! Plus, you can control the ingredients and flavor and adjust based on your own favorite blend! We know this is a beloved spice blend, so this Everything Bagel Seasoning also makes a great DIY gift to hand out to friends.
Spice blends are great to make yourself because you get to control the flavor. We are partial to the proportions we have given in our recipe, but feel free to adjust to your desired amount. You likely already have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry, too!
Ingredients for Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
Dried Minced Garlic
Dried Minced Onion
Sesame Seeds (a mix of both black and white are good)
Fine Sea Salt
Coarse Sea Salt
How to Use Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
There are a lot of ways to use this blend! You can sprinkle this on all sorts of things that are not bagels, such as hard boiled eggs, avocado and roasted veggies. But really, let your imagination be your guide with this one.
Some other ideas:
Chicken (think of adding in into your breading mixture)
Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. We often will reuse our empty store-bought spice jars for when we make our own blends.
How long will it keep? It is not that spices go bad, it’s that spices lose their potency. It’s generally accepted that spices should last about a year once opened, but that’s assuming the store you are purchasing them from has a quick turnover rate and isn’t letting spices sit on the shelves for a while. If you are making this spice blend with spices that have been sitting on your shelf for a while your blend will lose its potency quicker. At the LCK test kitchen, if spices have been around for more than a year we toss and refresh with new ones.
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1 tablespoon sesame seeds (white or black, or a mix is fine)
Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).
Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner.
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The infamous Trader Joe’s Gnocchi package directions results in soggy gnocchi that nobody wants, so we’re going step-by-step for you on How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi! It’s a quick weeknight meal on a budget and is a great gluten-free alternative to a classic gnocchi. What has become an almost cult classic, is so good, and we’ve cracked the code on our favorite way to prepare it.
How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
If you haven’t heard of the Trader Joe’s cult favorite Cauliflower Gnocchi, let us tell you a little bit about it! It’s inexpensive, sold for under $3, and made gluten-free with a hearty dose of veggie. Traditionally gnocchi is made with cooked potatoes that are bound together with egg and wheat flour. The TJ version is made with cauliflower and cassava flour, and a few other ingredients. To be clear, it’s not necessarily low-carb but it’s a healthier take with a classic flavor. The package directions produce a finished product that is a bit suspect so we’re going to go through step-by-step on How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi into a quick weeknight Italian dinner!
How do you cook cauliflower gnocchi?
There are a few different ways to cook cauliflower gnocchi. But there is one way not to cook it, and that is do not cook it according to the package directions. We are looking for gnocchi that isn’t mushy and has a nice crispy coating so we’re using cooking methods that do just that!
In the skillet: This is by far the easiest and simplest method (and our favorite)! The main directions in our recipe include the step-by-step for skillet cooking because it is our preferred method for the best tasting gnocchi. It also makes the meal a one-pan dinner which is always a plus.
In the air fryer: This is a simple way to crispy up the gnocchi, but the downside is that this cooking gadget isn’t that common and it still means you have to use other pots and pans to make a complete meal.
In the oven: We offer directions for cooking the gnocchi on a sheet pan, but in all honestly it is our least favorite method. In order to achieve crispy gnocchi it has to have a long cook time, and just isn’t very efficient. But will lend itself to crispy gnocchi if left in there long enough.
What do you serve with Cauliflower Gnocchi:
We serve this recipe with store-bought tomato sauce, spinach and cheese. It makes it a complete meal that is made in one pan and ready in under 30 minutes. Alternatively you could use a homemade tomato sauce, homemade meat sauce, a pesto, a pumpkin sauce or really any sauce that tastes good with gnocchi!
The TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi is also a hit when served alone as an appetizer with a dipping sauce!
Tips on getting your hands on Cauliflower Gnocchi
Admittedly there is a Cauliflower Gnocchi craze going on, coupled with a delay in getting shipments in to some stores. So we had trouble getting our hands on cauliflower gnocchi for a few weeks. Hopefully they’ll be producing more of this product now that they know it’s a hit. Follow these tips to get your hands on Cauliflower Gnocchi:
Call ahead and ask them to set some aside for you.
Find out when they get the shipments in, typically late at night before closing or first thing in the morning, so call ahead or plan to be at the store then.
Buy in bulk. They are stored in the freezer so if you buy a bunch at a time (who bought 10 bags at once? Ahem… not Lexi….) you won’t have to worry for a few weeks/months when they’ll be getting in another shipment.
So jump on the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi train and get to the store to get yours and make sure to post it to Instagram. Because with this one, if you didn’t post it to Instagram, did it even happen?
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Defrost the gnocchi: You can either let thaw out on the counter for an hour or you can microwave the gnocchi on a plate for 2-4 minutes. Once thawed you want to pat dry any condensation.
In a large non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet heat 2 tablespoon oil until it’s hot add the gnocchi in an even layer. Let the gnocchi sit undisturbed for 3 minutes. Flip the gnocchi and repeat until they are a light brown and crispy.
Sprinkle with cheese and cover for 3-5 amount of minutes, or until the cheese and sauce is hot and bubbly.
Air-fryer instructions to cook the gnocchi:
Pre-heat Air-fryer to 400ºF
Partially defrost the gnocchi, about 2 minutes in the microwave, making sure to break apart any gnocchi stuck together.
Spray the air-fryer basket with avocado spray.
Lay 1/2 the gnocchi from one bag inside the basket and spray it once more.
Cook for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Repeat with the remaining bag.
Preheat oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Place defrosted gnocchi on the baking sheet and spray with avocado oil spray or cooking spray of choice. Toss to coat.
Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 20 minutes until the gnocchi is golden brown and crispy on the outside.
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What is your favorite way to make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi?
I often get asked about my pantry staples, and how to save money while stocking a clean kitchen. I shop at a variety of stores to get the best deals and the best quality products, so here are a handful of things I buy cheaper at Trader Joe’s!
Which states have Trader Joe’s?
There are currently 465 locations of Trader Joe’s in the U.S. and there are only eight states with no Trader Joe’s locations, including: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
What is Trader Joe’s known for?
Trader Joe’s is well-known to its fans for low prices on unique food items and friendly staff.
What don’t I buy at Trader Joe’s?
I personally don’t usually buy meat and a ton of produce at Trader Joe’s.
Trader Joe’s Finds
Nuts: sliced almonds, silvered almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, etc.
Sliced almonds ($3.99/8 oz bag)
Silvered almonds ($3.49/8 oz)
Hazelnuts (7.99/16 oz)
Macadamia nuts (7.99/16 oz)
Cashews ($7.99/16 oz))
Dried cranberries ($1.49/8 oz)
Dried mango ($2.99/6 oz)
Banana chips ($1.29/8 oz), dates)
Frozen Riced Cauliflower ($2.49/bag)
Canned Coconut Cream ($1.69)
Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea ($2.99/16 bag)
Kerrygold Butter ($2.99/8 oz)
Salsa Verde ($1.99/12 oz)
Coconut Oil ($5.49/16 oz)
Chocolate Chips ($1.99)/Large Pound Plus Baking Chocolate Bar