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Classic Gnocchi

Gnocchi, ready to be cooked

I did a class recently on dumplings. Dumplings can include so many different foods. One of the dishes that was requested we make for the class was gnocchi.

Gnocchi are a type of dumpling made with potatoes. They are tender, tasty and so easy to make. Sort of like a spaetzle, but made with potatoes in the dough. They have a unique texture and flavor. They have a unique appearance as well, as uncooked gnocchi are traditionally rolled across the tines of a fork to leave tiny grooves. The grooves help to hold sauce. It also makes them look pretty. There are special grooved boards made just for making gnocchi, but a fork works well, too.

Once cooked, gnocchi can be served with butter or a little olive oil, with a red sauce or browned in butter or oil. I love them with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

So here is the recipe I used. If you never made gnocchi before, I hope you will give them a try. so easy and so good!!!

Classic Gnocchi

4 small russet potatoes, 22-24 oz. total, peeled, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg
2 T. whipping cream or half and half
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. I steam mine in the microwave. 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 a favorite pasta sauce.

freshly cooked gnocchi

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.

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