Friday, March 12, 2010

Recipe Testing: Homemade Gnocchi

I posted about the Bite Me cook book here and here

The other night we made Bite Me's homemade soft ricotta gnocchi.

Dough (Warning: this recipe is for approximately 120 gnocchi!! - can be frozen, otherwise half or third the recipe for a lesser quantity)

4 cups ricotta cheese
3 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 cups flour

  • Dust two baking sheets with flour
  • In a large bowl, using your hands {the kids like this step}, or a wooden spoon, combine ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.  Add the flour one (1) cup at a time to form a soft dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured work surface and kneed gently for two minutes.
  • Divide dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a ball.
  • Now, roll each ball into a 1/2 inch thick rope {kids like this part too!}
  • Now using one of those pastry cutters (shown below by Miss Lily), cut each rope into 1 inch slices and gently place on prepared baking sheets. If not cooking right away, refrigerate.

Lily cutting the ropes
Hopie placing the gnocchis on the tray
Ready for the pot

Before cooking the gnocchi, make your sauce.  {Use whatever sauce you crave, Bite Me has a tomato sauce recipe, it's a week night, I use Costco's White Linen Marinara in a jar, see this post}

To cook gnocchi, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Gently drop the gnocchi into the boiling water.  In about 2-4 minutes the gnocchi should rise to the surface.  Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving bowl or your plate and top with sauce.

Enjoy! (the above portion size to far too big - additions button mushrooms and roasted grape tomatoes).

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