Tuesday, May 12, 2009

gnocchi? no way!!

so, i dont know when amanda and i got the idea that we were chefs in hiding but it seems to be working out so far.  except for the fact that every time i open my freezer, something falls out.... im seriously running out of room!!  but no matter the obstacle, i forge on.... making more food.   :)

last weekend i got this crazy idea that i could make gnocchi.  i honestly expected it to turn out awful and feel so let down that my cooking streak would be over.  boy was i wrong!  im happy to say the gnocchi turned out excellent and i will be making it again soon.  although i felt like it took forever to make... rolling out the dough, cutting it into bite size pieces, pressing each little piece with a fork...  it really turned out to be worth it.  

(i guess im going to start having to take more pictures of the actual process, seems like i always forget until i have the finished product... sorry)

(this is for 2 servings)

fold in the egg and salt with a wooden or plastic spoon or spatula.

add flour slowly, folding with the spatula, until you have a fairly firm dough that doesn't stick to the bowl.

turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead lightly into a ball.

you want just be able to work with the mixture without it sticking unduly- but too much flour will result in gnocchi that are more lead than light.

cut dough in half and roll each half into a long cylinder about the thickness of your thumb.  (ok, this did not work for me.  i broke these up into several cylinders because it was much easier to handle that way)

cut into bite-size pieces and press with a fork for shape.

to cook - put 6 to 8 gnocchi in a few quarts of boiling, salted water (too many at once interferes in the cooking process).

as the gnocchi rise to the top of the pot, remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in a colander over a plate to drain further until you are ready to serve.

you can also freeze them for later use... after forming the gnocchi, place on a lightly floured pan and then put them in the freezer until frozen.  once frozen, transfer them into a container and throw back in the freezer.

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