Monday, January 24, 2011

Gnocchi Triumphs Over Sleep

Yesterday, while Henry was napping, and I was finally about to take a much-needed nap, I happened to quickly go on facebook and see my friend Sara's pictures of a trip she had recently taken to Milan.  Amidst all the fashion pictures, there was a tasty looking picture of gnocchi.  Suddenly it was all I wanted.  I mean, what's a bit more lost sleep when gnocchi is a possibility for lunch?

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 egg
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!


  1. That looks/sounds delicious! Did you mash the potatoes by hand?

  2. Heather - I just used a potato masher. I guess you could use a beater or food processor, but it took about 1 minute by hand (and then there was only a potato masher to wash!).

  3. Ali hi! I've been following this blog and love it (saw the link through someone's gchat :)) and you inspired me to make gnocchi - with sweet potatoes! it was generally successful. Thanks!

  4. Gila - sounds delish! I've made pumpkin gnocchi before, but now I'll have to try it with sweet potatoes! Thanks!