Classic Gnocchi

Classic Gnocchi

Classic Gnocchi

When I was a kid my mother made dumplings or spaetzle. That was part of my Eastern European heritage. I was much older before I tasted gnocchi for the first time. Similar to dumplings, gnocchi are Italian in origin. Made with cooked potatoes, flour and eggs when done right, gnocchi are quite light and tender. I wish I could remember where I got this recipe. I have a hand written copy of it- but it isn’t my handwriting. This is the version I have been making forever. The original recipe calls for steaming the potatoes, but I will admit to baking them or  using leftover boiled potatoes. I sometimes use red skinned or Yukon Gold, too, with nice results. All methods produced a product I was happy with. Here is the recipe I use for gnocchi.   Hope you give them a try.

Slicing the dough

Slicing the dough

Cook until they float

Cook until they float

Tossed finished gnocchi with oil or butter to prevent sticking

Tossed finished gnocchi with oil or butter to prevent sticking

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Gnocchi

4 small russet potatoes, 22-24 oz. total, peeled, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg
2 T. whipping cream
1 1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. (about) flour
Steam potatoes over boiling water until tender, about 12 minutes. Place in bowl and mash or put potatoes through a ricer. Place in bowl and cool about 10 minutes. Add egg, cream, salt and nutmeg and mix well. Stir in flour and combine until slightly sticky dough forms. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too moist. Turn dough onto lightly floured work surface and divide into 6 equal portions. Roll out 1 piece into a rope about 20-inches long by 3/4 inch. Cut dough into 3/4 -inch pieces and roll each piece over the tines of a fork or over a wire whisk to make grooves in them. Arrange finished gnocchi in a single layer on a floured baking sheet and repeat the process with the remaining dough. Boil the gnocchi in well-salted boiling water, about 1/3 at a time. Boil for 4-5 minutes. They will come to the surface and be tender. Check after 4 minutes. Serve with butter and Parmesan cheese or with marinara sauce. Serves 6.