Sunday, April 22, 2012

Gnocchi? No problem...well for a rookie

So around 4pm this afternoon I set out to make homemade gnocchi for the first time ever. The recipe I found seemed simple enough so I was feeling pretty good. Overall, it wasn't bad. I have never had gnocchi before so I don't have a comparison but I'm tempted to buy some from World Market and give it a go to see how I did. Here we go! 

Des pommes de terre (potatoes, obviously...)
Boiled for 35 minutes and ready to be skinned and mashed

 Mashed and cooled. 
Then I added egg yolks and olive oil and mixed. 
It was during this step of kneading where I fear I may over-kneaded the dough, which apparently causes a heavy product. Like I said, no comparison so I have no idea but I suspect I over did some over-kneading. 

 Rolled and cut into "pillows"

I don't have the fancy gnocchi board so I used a fork. 
This was my first batch. Ever.

Second batch. A little more pronounced, a little better, right?

You must watch them carefully because after ~2 minutes they float to the top and that means they are done!

Cool, huh!?!?!


Now, on a different recipe, the author popped her gnocchi into the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350*F for a slightly crispier product. They weren't crispy but I thought they looked a little better. I recommend this step. 

Tossed in butternut squash sauce, sprinkled some Parmesan cheese, and garnished with a pinch of basil.
I was salivating. 

DIVINE. I was very pleased. It took a while for me from start to finish since you have to boil the potatoes and then knead the dough but it's worth it. I have enough for leftovers for tomorrow and I threw the rest in the freezer for when Clary comes to visit so I can impress her with my cooking skills. OH MY GOSH ILOVECOOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Shannon Gish said...

I'm coming down for dinner...