Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Gnocchi




We had never had gnocchi before but I came across a recipe on allrecipes one day and since it took only minimal ingredients, I decided to try it. This was back when Kay was about 4 or 5 and we couldn't get her to eat barely anything. She was very suspicious of anything new so you can imagine how shocked I was when she asked for seconds! When I asked her if she liked it, she said in a very excited voice, "Yeah. It tastes like bread and butter and cheese!" Those were about the only foods she was eating at the time! Ever since then we have been making it on a regular basis.


We put all kinds of sauces on it. Spaghetti sauce is the stand by. Kay, who doesn't like any sauce or dressing in case you hadn't noticed, uses just butter and Parmesan. In the summer we like use chopped tomatoes with basil and olive oil. Roasted grape tomatoes are really good too. And caramelized onions. The possibilities are endless!
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 eggs
4 cups flour

Combine the cooled mashed potatoes, lightly beaten eggs, and flour in a large bowl. Combine until well mixed. (It works best to use your hands). Depending on the moisture in your potatoes, you may need to add additional flour.

On a floured surface, roll a small ball of the dough into a snake shape. Cut the snake into 1/2 inch pieces with a butter knife. Place the cut pieces on a paper towel so that they don't stick together.

Add the gnocchi in batches to a pot of bowling water. Boil for approximately 4 minutes or until they float. Serve with your choice of sauce, or not.

Kay: In 2001, I tried gnocchi and I really liked it. I really liked to make them, too. They really taste like mashed potatoes cooked twice but cut into little squares.

Mom (Dana): This is another good use for instant potatoes. I've also cut the recipe down to use whatever left over potatoes I have.

These freeze well. Place the cut pieces on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then place them in a Ziploc bag and return them to the freezer. You don't need to thaw them before boiling. Just cook them a little longer.

(I think Kay needs a new word besides "really"!!)



6 comments:

Ms Mac said...

Oooh! Thanks! This sounds dead easy- maybe I'll see if one of my boys wants to help me out with the recipe one day!

Kay & Mom said...

I've seen the meals your kids have fixed. This would be a piece of cake for them!

Dana

Holler said...

I have only eaten ready-made gnocchi before, but you have made it sound so simple. I will have to give it a go.
Holler

Kay & Mom said...

I had actually never tried the pre-made ones until this past winter. I found whole wheat gnocchi and so we thought we'd try them. They were a lot gummier than our homemade ones but I don't know how much of that was due to the whole wheat. I think we'll stick with this recipe! I keep meaning to make several batches on the weekend and freeze them but I never seem to get around to it.

Dana

Holler said...

I flicked over to a food channel tonight after the end of a film and guess what they were making, yes you guessed it! They were making spinach and ricotta gnocchi. it looked good, if a little soft although they called it delicate! They served it with a smoth tomato sauce. It looked tasty! Here's the
link
Holler

Kay & Mom said...

Oooh we might have to try that. Kay loves spinach. Thanks for the link!

Dana