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I love gnocchi. I can’t tell you the first time I tried it or when it became this obsession for me but I love it. And I got my hubby hooked on it too. Gnocchi is basically a mini Italian dumpling. There are many different types of gnocchi, some are made with spinach, potato, ricotta, just flour. As I understand it, it varies by region and probably by family.
I’ve been wanting to tackle making my own gnocchi since I saw it in Martha Stewart Living years ago but I was always afraid it was way too involved and time consuming. It does take a bit of extra effort but I am so glad I finally decided to do it. And what was the special occasion for putting in all of this extra effort? The hubby had been gone for the week doing artillery field training with his unit…in August…in Georgia…in the heat…without a tent…and some rain. Needless to say I felt he deserved the extra effort. Oh, the things we do when we are in love.
So this is a basic potato gnocchi that I decided to pair with a simple mushroom cream sauce. Don’t get freaked out by the title. The sauce uses some shortcuts to make it easy since I made the gnocchi. I’ve also done gnocchi with a super simple browned butter sauce which was also super tasty. I think next time I’ll try a good light tomato sauce with it.
Don’t be scared, just stick with me, and try it. It’s so worth it.
Basic Potato Gnocchi
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 pounds Russet potatoes (I used about 4 small and 2 medium potatoes)
1 Tbsp plus 2 1/2 tsp coarse salt
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
Put potatoes in a large saucepan whole and cover with cold water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes depending on how large they are.
Drain potatoes and allow to cool until they are cool enough to handle. Peel them (I used a paring knife to peel) and then run them through a ricer into a large bowl.
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Sprinkle with the flour and add the eggs. Sprinkle with the rest of the salt and the pepper.
Stir with a fork to combine well.
Once you have your gnocchi all cut up you could roll each piece against the tines of a fork with your thumb. I didn’t do it. Time crunch and its not necessary. They still taste the same. Set aside on a floured baking sheet.