1. i have a funny story. An old Italian lady was hired by a restaurant in the states to make fettuccine (not gnocchi but it applies anyway). The restaurant prided itself on its "hand cut" fettuccine. She cut them irregularly - but when one of her relatives went to visit her and saw her at work she told him "I'm perfectly capable of cutting them all the same width and all straight, but they tell me to make them irregular so people will believe they're hand made"
2. I make squash gnocchi frequently. They're harder, chewier and have a different flavor than the soft potato kind - they;re more like sardinian flour gnocchi. I don;t measure anything for these so i can't gve you exact measures. Just cut in large chunks and remove the seeds (don;t peel till later, much easier) steam, bake (wrapped in foil) or microwave a good tasty and dense squash. (The kind that is bumpy and dark green outside, squat and round, and has a kind of yellow-greeny inside pulp is great - tasty and kind of pasty ratehr than watery.) When cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp into a mixing bowl. I just put it into the kitchenaid with the flat beater - that will mash it fine. Or you can squash it with a potato masher by hand. When cool enough not to cook the egg, add an egg - one for every half squash, considering a 9 in diameter round one- maybe a pound?) , salt to taste and flour. Add just enough flour to make it hold its shape in a spoon, so that it doesn;t fall off the spoon without a little help from your thumb. Boil salted water in a deep wide frying pan or a wide pot - reduce to simmering. Drop teaspoonfuls into the simmering water and scoop them up with a slotted spoon when they float. Taste the first few, and adjust ingredients accordingly. I like mine somewhat chewy, but you might like them softer - in which case you need less flour - but if they fall apart, it's too little.
Put in baking dish when you pull them out of the water and immediately put butter and grated parmigian on them batch by batch.
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