Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Simple Homemade Gnocchi

Make fresh gnocchi at home- Be sure to only use Russet potatoes- I learned the hard way that other varieties won't work! Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray.
Basic Gnocchi

Ingredients (serves 4)
2 large Russet potatoes
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 egg
nutmeg, salt and pepper (about it a pinch each)
  1. Boil a large pot of water and drop the potatoes in whole. Cook until tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from water.
  2. Allow potatos to cool slightly, then remove the skins and break apart- allow to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, mash potatoes to remove all lumps.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the potatoes and add the egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  5. Using a fork, start to mix up the dough. When it starts to come together knead with your hands for about five minutes.
  6. Form a ball and divide into eight smaller balls. Roll each ball out into a dowel shape, about 3/4 of an inch thick.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut each dowel into gnocchi peices about an inch long.
  8. Transfer all of the gnocchi into a pot of boiling water and boil until the pasta has risen to the top of the pot (this will only take about a minute)..
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