I found out recently that making homemade gnocchi isn’t as hard as I thought!
My nephew, Anson and his girlfriend, Holly had us over for dinner a few weeks ago. On the menu was homemade pasta sauce, meatballs and gnocchi. I was happy to witness the actual making of the gnocchi all the while enjoying each other’s company. Our boys were enthusiastically settled into a game of Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the Nintendo.
Boil potatoes then peel them. Squish the potatoes through a ricer to make sure they are super smooth. Form a well in the mound of potatoes and add a few cups of flour. Crack an egg into the middle of the well.
Take a fork and slowly begin to mix and incorporate the flour and potatoes into the egg.
Once enough of the egg and potatoes are mixed together, add another cup or two of flour and continue to combine.
Next, get rid of the fork and use your best tools…your hands to combine the dough! Look at that form and speed!
Be sure not to over work the dough as it will begin to toughen from the gluten and starch.
Once combined into dough, form it into a roll. Like the shape of a strudel!
Now is the time to start the rolling. It’s the fun part I think! Begin to roll out small sections of the dough into a long rope.
Keep on rolling out sections into ropes until you have used up all the dough.
Now you get to cut the ropes and turn them into little baby pieces called gnocchi – aka, small dumplings of pillowy goodness! Look how cute they are!
Just before cooking the gnocchi, add a little more flour and roll them around so they don’t stick together.
Drop in the dumplings a little at a time into boiling, salted water. Be sure not to crowd the pot. Once they float to the top they are ready to be removed. This takes about 5 minutes.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for the gnocchi to finish cooking, go ahead and enjoy a glass of 2012 A Proper Claret. Sometimes it’s fun to wait!
Serve the dumplings with homemade pasta sauce and a simple salad with bread. I would say this dinner party with homemade gnocchi was a success. I love making great food along with fond family memories with some of our favorite people. Thanks Anson and Holly for a wonderful meal and for teaching our boys how to play Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It’s a night we won’t soon forget!