Monday, January 24, 2011
Gnocchi Triumphs Over Sleep
So, I quickly ran downstairs and started microwaving all the potatoes I had left in my pantry...they were starting to grow eyes so it was a pretty good way to use them up. Ideally you'd then let the potatoes cool, but I had no patience so I used an oven mitt while I peeled the potatoes. It was such a quick dish that by the time Henry was up from his nap, and my husband was home from the gym, I not only had boiled the gnocchi, but I had even baked it with cheese and sauce. All 3 of us devoured the dish...Henry loved that he was able to stab the gnocchi with his fork on his own, and definitely ate about 7-8 gnocchi. A nice hearty lunch - which I guess makes up for the fact that all he had was a chocolate chip cookie for dinner!
3 large potatoes
1.5 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
~5 turns of the peppermill
1. Boil a pot of water.
2. Bake or boil the potatoes, and then mash them up (preferably once cooled). Add the flour, and when mostly cooled (or totally cooled), add the egg, salt, and pepper. Mix it all together with your hands and knead into a dough. Take portions of the dough and roll into a skinny snake, and then cut off about 1 inch pieces.
3. Drop the gnocchi in the boiled water, and let cook until it floats to the top of the pot (it took about 2 minutes for me).
If desired, mix cooked gnocchi with sauce and top with cheese. Put in oven under broiler for about 2 minutes, or until cheese starts to brown. (I used 2/3 of the gnocchi from the recipe, a half cup of sauce, and a 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese).
*This recipe ended up making a lot of gnocchi. I boiled about 2/3 of the gnocchi, and took the other 1/3 and put it on a baking sheet in my freezer to freeze. Once frozen, I put the gnocchi in a ziplock bag for future use.
Happy and (mostly) healthy eating!
Posted by Ali at 8:03 PM