2.26.2012

Have Lots of Potatoes? Make Gnocchi!


Last Monday on my day off, I made homemade gnocchi. I love love gnocchi, the little pillows or clouds of potatoey goodness. In a tomato sauce, or pesto they are so light and fluffy in my mouth. I need to try browned gnocchi still. I had a bag of potatoes laying around and potato dishes were on my mind to use them up. Gnocchi use at least 5 medium size potatoes, more if they are smaller. Don't be afraid to make your own gnocchi, and it will taste way better than the store-bought version, trust. On to the recipe!

First, gather together your ingredients. 5 medium-sized Russet potatoes (weighing 2.2 lbs total), 2 egg yolks, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt. 


Boil the potatoes but don't, I repeat don't, peel them before you boil them. If you can't, don't even pierce the potatoes to check to see if they are done. Piercing a potato will allow water into the potato, water is not gnocchi's best friend. You can boil an extra potato to use as your test potato if you choose. For small-sized potatoes, they will cook in about 10-15 minutes, medium sized potatoes about 20-25 minutes and large potatoes 30-35 minutes. 

When your potatoes are cooked, drain the water and let them cool. 

Once your potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and then mash them. 

I used a ricer, if you don't have a ricer, just use a fork to mash them. Mash the potatoes enough so there are no lumps. Allow the mashed potatoes to cool to room temperature. 


In a bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, the slightly beaten egg yolks and olive oil.  

In a smaller bowl, add the flour and a little bit of salt. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the potato mixture. Flour your counter to knead the potato and flour mixture into a dough. Combine all the potato and flour together into a smooth dough but don't over knead the potato dough. 






Divide the dough into 8 parts, and roll each part of the dough out into a snake and cut the pieces about 3/4 inch.


 In boiling salted dough, drop about 12-15 pieces of gnocchi and cook them about 2 minutes, when the gnocchi are cooked, they will float to the surface.


 I have two sheet pans full of gnocchi pieces. I cooked half and froze the other half for dinners later one. Gnocchi will keep in the freezer very well up to 2 months.


 
If you have a gnocchi board, you can roll one side of the gnocchi on the board before you drop them into the water to cook. You can also roll the gnocchi along the tongs of a fork if you like the ridges.

After my gnocchi were cooked, I put them in a pan with tomato sauce and some mozzarella cheese but there are so many different sauces you can put on top of the gnocchi. Then serve, eat and enjoy!


42 comments:

  1. Those look so amazing Meg! I decided this weekend I need to branch out and cook things that I never have before...just added gnocchi to the list!!:)

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  2. i never knew it was easy to make them! awesome, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Oh yum!! Gnocchi always seemed harder so intimidating to me, but I may have to try this one! Of and brown gnocchi is very good, you'll have to try it sometime!!

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  4. Looks super yummy, and you make it look so easy!

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  5. You make it look super easy and fun. Now I gotta try it.

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  6. those look delicious! i want to try! thanks for sharing!

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  7. awesome :) Looks delicious! Certainly will have to try this!

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  8. Well hello Martha!! What a great idea to make it yourself! Things always taste better homemade :)

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  9. YUM! I love the recipes and corresponding pictures you post Meg! I am definitely going to make homemade gnocchi as soon as I get the chance!

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  10. Yum! I am so hungry just looking at your pics!

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  11. wow Meg I am very impressed! I've always been scared to make these and yours look so delicious!

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  12. This looks delicious! I've never eaten gnocchi but I think i will have to try it. ;)

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  13. I've been wanting to try my hand at these for awhile. Thanks for sharing the recipe - looks like they turned out delicious!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  14. O my goodness that looks amazing ! I will definitely be making this!

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  15. I'm so impressed!! I didn't even know what gnocchi was a couple years ago... let alone trying to make it myself! It looks GOOD!

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  16. wow this is so impressive! What a lot of work! But a great idea and so yummy. I bet it tastes so much better than store bought:)

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  18. I LOVE gnocchi, but never had the courage to make it! This looks super easy! A restaurant I use to work at had ricotta gnocchi and it was phenomenal :)

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  19. I love gnocchi, but I've never tried to make it from scratch before. Looks amazing.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  20. This actually seems pretty easy!!! I just pinned it... I'll definitely have to try this sometime. Thanks :)

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  21. I've never had (or even heard of) gnocchi, but it looks amazing!!!! Yum. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I have always wanted to try and make gnocchi but never had the guts to tackle it but this sounds easy enough that I am going to have to give it a try. You did a wonderful job and thanks for sharing.

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  23. Being from an Italian family we always eat these. But the one time I tried to make them from scratch it was horrible. I guess you are just amazing at it, you make it look so easy :) I will try your way and see how they come out :)

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  24. Ooooh how yummy. I've made it once when I was in food class in high school. It was so fun to make!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  25. My mouth is watering!!! You make it look so simple, now I'm going to have to give it a try.

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  26. These look delicious! I love gnocchi! Yummmm

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  27. Awesome! I´ve always wanted to try this, but never actually did! This might be just the right moment! Thanks for sharing, Meg!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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  28. I have never made gnocchi but I have just bought a ricer (mashed potato has never tasted so good!) so I think I'll have a go - I like your step by step instructions Thanks!http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

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  29. look delish! I would make it if I could eat them! boo on low carb diets!

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  30. I am currently in the process of trying to replicate my favorite gnocchi recipe from our favorite restraunt in Chicago, jalepeno gnocchi! Mmmmm, can't wait till I don't have to travel 6 hours to get it!

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  31. i love making gnocchi!!! do you pronounce with the G or with the G silent!??! =)

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  32. You're one talented lady!

    Kristina
    Nook & Sea

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  33. Yum! I love gnocchi, especially when it's homemade!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Meg

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  34. OH I haven't made this since college!! Yours do look like soft pillows!! You're adorable. Nice job!!

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  35. Oh my gosh this is so awesome. You are so talented! I definitely will have to give this a try! xo

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  36. Bless your heart for sharing this recipe! My husband looooves gnocci and I think I could score some hefty wife points for making it homemade :-)

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  37. Gnocchi always intimated me but you make it looks so effortless & yummy!

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  38. Umm this looks DELICIOUS. I've always wanted to try gnocchi..but making it would be even better!

    Thanks girl!

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  39. We love gnocchi! I never thought of making my own, though!

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