Can you guys share any of your personal recipes for it? Also, never having tried it...what is it suppose to taste like?
Gnocchi is, at base, a potato dumpling. But it's soft and pillowy. Think of it as an air-filled pasta.
As with most dumplings, it's flavor is on the neutral side, and serves as a base for other flavorings.
Traditionally, gnocchi are shaped with a special grooved board. But you can accomplish the same by pressing a fork into each one to create the sauce-holding texture.
Here's a basic recipe:
3 russet potatoes, peeled
1 tsp salt
1 tbls unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (approx)
Cut the potatoes into equal sized pieces. Put in a pot and cover with salted water. Bring the water to a simmer and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot over very low heat to dry fully. While still hot, run them through a ricer into a bowl.
Bring another pot of water to boil.
While that's happening, make the dough. Add the butter, egg, egg yolk, salt, pepper and nutmeg tothe riced potatoes. Mix well. Incorporate enough flour to make a stiff dough. It will likely take two or three tries before you develop a feel for exactly how stiff to make it.
Divide the dough into balls about the size of an egg. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a cylinder about an inch in diameter. Cut the cylinders into pieces about an inch long, roll each piece against a fork or gnocchi board.
Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook until they rise to the surface. Lift from the water with a slotted spoon or spider.
The simplest way of enjoying them is to toss them in herbed butter (sage is traditional). But gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce is probably the most popular way they're served.
Found some gnocchi in the supermarket chiller section today - they were like lead bullets One did not purchase them.
Think I'm going to have a go at them some time, just need some spare time.
KYH - we don't have Russett potatoes here - are they waxy/floury?
Russetts are the standard baking-type potato in the U.S., DC. Use whatever is comparable down there. I believe it's the starchiness you want when making gnocchi. Just guessing, but a waxy potato might make the dumplings too dense. Highlight of gnocchi is their airy, pillow-like texture.
I've tried supermarket gnocchi in the past, both fresh, from the cooler section, and dry. You were wise to skip them.
This article, from SfGate has really helped me turn out some fantastic gnocchi.
The keys that helped me make the step up from mediocre gnocchi would be how I handled the dough. I use a ricer now and handle the dough as little as possible. Also using as little flour to get the job done helped too.
I hope the article could help...
Squash gnocchi is a great variation, OY. I usually make it with butternut rather than pumpkin, as such, but I imagine it's close to being allee-allee-same-same.
I'm growing a new to me heirloom this year called Kentucky Flat Tan Field pumpkin, said to be one of the finest culinary squashes available. Gnocci is one of the things I've got planned for it.
Folks new to making gnocci need to realize there is a learning curve. I well remember my first attempt. Swore I would never make it again, not if those chewy little dough rocks were how it came out. But over time I developed the feel for it.
That sounds good! I might experiment more with gnocchi.
Me, I've got to experiment more with spelling it correctly. Gnocchi, with an aitch; gnocchi, with an aitch. Sooner or later I'll get it.
L'audace, l"audace, toujours l'audace, Zane.
Always remember Julia Child's advice: don't be afraid.
The worst that can happen is that the gnocchi are a bit on the doughy side; you can't really ruin them entirely. The only purpose of the groves---whether made with a fork or a traditional gnocchi board---is to create a surface that helps the sauce stick.
Even if you lack the groves there's nothing harmed. Basically, you're looking for little cylinders of dough, measuring 3/4 to 1 inch long and wide.
Go for it!