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Homemade Gnocchi Tutorial

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Homemade Gnocchi Tutorial

Patricia Reitz

Homemade Gnocchi Tutorial - ButterYum

Homemade Gnocchi Tutorial - ButterYum

One of my daughters recently discovered a love of gnocchi so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get her in the kitchen and teach her how to make them from scratch.  We had a really fun time and managed to capture a few photos along the way.  Enjoy!

I start with hot baked potatoes that are passed through a food mill or potato ricer (skins removed).  The riced potatoes are allowed to cool and dry out a bit; then egg, salt, and flour are added until a dough forms.

I start with hot baked potatoes that are passed through a food mill or potato ricer (skins removed).  The riced potatoes are allowed to cool and dry out a bit; then egg, salt, and flour are added until a dough forms.

The dough is kneaded a few times.  Then take a hunk of dough and roll it into a snake that's 3/4-inch thick.

The dough is kneaded a few times.  Then take a hunk of dough and roll it into a snake that's 3/4-inch thick.

The dough is then cut into 1-inch wide bits.  You can cook the pieces as is, but it's more fun to do the following.

The dough is then cut into 1-inch wide bits.  You can cook the pieces as is, but it's more fun to do the following.

Using the back side of a fork, roll each dough bit over the fork tines.

Using the back side of a fork, roll each dough bit over the fork tines.

Stop rolling when you get to this point, then let the gnocchi fall to the counter.  The finished gnocchi will have ridges on one side, and the other side will have a depression from your finger.

Stop rolling when you get to this point, then let the gnocchi fall to the counter.  The finished gnocchi will have ridges on one side, and the other side will have a depression from your finger.

This is the back side.  The gnocchi puff up a bit when they're cooked, so the depression won't stay that big.

This is the back side.  The gnocchi puff up a bit when they're cooked, so the depression won't stay that big.

Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a floured sheet pan and repeat the process until you've used up all the dough.  The gnocchi are now ready to be cooked.

Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a floured sheet pan and repeat the process until you've used up all the dough.  The gnocchi are now ready to be cooked.

To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

The gnocchi cook for a short time, maybe 3 minutes - they're done when they float to the top of the water.

The gnocchi cook for a short time, maybe 3 minutes - they're done when they float to the top of the water.

You can see that they've puffed up a bit.  Serve them with your favorite pasta sauce, pesto, or brown butter and sage sauce.

You can see that they've puffed up a bit.  Serve them with your favorite pasta sauce, pesto, or brown butter and sage sauce.

Homemade Gnocchi

Printable Recipe

adapted from America's Test Kitchen

serves 2 to 3 as a main dish, or 4 to 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baked Russet potatoes, skins removed and potato flesh passed through a food mill or potato ricer
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • at least 4 ounces of all-purpose flour (more may be needed

Directions

  1. Remove hot skins from freshly baked potatoes and pass through a or potato ricer; spread riced potatoes in a single layer on a sheet tray and allow to cool.
  2. Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. 
  3. Combine cooled potatoes, beaten egg, salt, and enough flour to form a dough that just holds together when you squeeze some in the palm of your hand. 
  4. Knead dough on a flowered surface for about a minute.
  5. Cut off a enough dough to roll into a 10-12 inch long snake that is 3/4-inch thick. 
  6. Using a knife or pastry scraper, cut the snake into 1-inch wide bits. 
  7. Form each gnocchi by rolling the 1-inch bits over the tines of a fork or gnocchi board and place them on a flour dusted sheet pan.  The gnocchi can be cooked in boiling water right away. 
  8. Boil them for 1-3 minutes - the gnocchi are done cooking when they float to the surface of the water. 
  9. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon or wire "spider ".

Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

Printable Recipe

adapted from America's Test Kitchen

makes enough sauce for one whole batch of gnocchi above

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4-8 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few grates of fresh nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan or frying pan, gently melt the butter and add shallots, nutmeg, and sage. 
  2. Heat until butter solids turn brown and smell nutty. 
  3. Remove from heat - add salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Pour over cooked gnocchi.