Over a year ago I did a tutorial on gnocchi but I just wanted to go over it again. I had some potatoes that were on their way to the compost any day so I wanted to use them up and make a special treat for Reg while on holidays. Is there any better comfort food? I doubt it!
This time I used a Food Network Kitchens recipe for very basic gnocchi. I divided the recipe in half because I had two potatoes that I peeled, chopped up and boiled for 12 minutes until fork-tender. Then I put them through my ricer and left on a baking tray to cool off and dry out.
Once cooled I added just over half a cup of flour, 1 large egg yolk, 1/4 tsp salt, ground black pepper and a bit of freshly ground nutmeg.
I divided the dough into four equal parts on a well-floured wooden cutting board.
I rolled out each section quite thinly and then cut the gnocchi into 3/4″ pieces.
I rolled the tines of my fork along the cutting board and into the potato dumplings, giving them the ridges that would end up holding my sauce.
I was supposed to put the gnocchi on a flour baking sheet. Doh! Not to worry, they did not end up sticking. I put them in the fridge to set for an hour.
While I started to boil the water for the gnocchi I worked on the sauce. Instead of pesto, I made my own garlic sage butter. I melted some butter into olive oil and then added chopped fresh sage leaves and garlic. The heat was enough to simmer it all together without overcooking.
I added the gnocchi to softly boiling water. They cooked quickly and came to the surface in under two minutes. The hard part was getting them out with a slotted spoon before they overcooked.
I tossed them in the garlic sage butter, added some sauteed mushrooms and topped with some freshly grated Parmesan. They did get a little overcooked this time but they were still so pillowy-soft and delicious I really didn’t care.
A beautiful dish and treat on our holiday! If you haven’t made gnocchi before, I encourage you do to give it a shot. You get million-dollar flavour for next to zero money. A great way to feel rich when you are on a tight budget!
This looks SO delicious!!! Bravo. I have been so crazy busy! Should smooth out later this week.
Suzie you did an amazing job with them, my Italian Nonnas would be darn proud! The butter sauce is a nice touch too. Reminds me of my childhood, my brother never liked gnocchi with savoury sauce so my mom made a special batch just for him, they would be tossed with butter, cinnamom and sugar and I would always sneak a few off his plate.
Oh these look so good! I’ve never attempted making gnocchi – you make it look easy here! I don’t own a ricer, but that might be something I have to purchase just so I can try these 🙂
Emily Malloy says
Suzie Ridler says
Ava, I appreciate the feedback from an authentic Italian, was noping my technique was good. Sweet gnocchi?! Now I am curious, LOL.
Tammy, you could probably just mash up the potatoes with a fork.
The Procrastobaker says
Ive alwayysss wanted to try making gnocchi and this looks like a brilliant basic recipe! Hopefully will give it a whirl sometime soon 🙂