The first time I ate gnocchi, I was at some friends' place in Rome. It was delicious and just melting in my mouth, I ate that everyday for an entire week.
This is a recipe for delicious gnocchi. It takes about 2 hours to make them for 6 people. The recipe is really simple and fun to make.
- 5 pounds of russet potato
- 2 cups of flour (250g)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Put your unpeeled potatoes in a big pot. Fill it with water. Turn up the heat to the max to make it boil. When it is boiling, lower the temperature and let it in low boiling mode for 45 min.
The potatoes must be tender inside. You can check that by poking a potato with a knife. If it's hard, let it boil some more.
When the potatoes are soft, empty the water and peel the potatoes while they are still hot. Use a kitchen cloth to hold it. The purpose of peeling them hot is that the skin come out really easily and you won't waste anything.
Put the peeled potatoes in a big bowl and mash them for a fork , a potato masher or even better : a food mill.
Then add the 2 cups of flour and the teaspoon of salt. Mix the flour with the potatoes and then add the egg and continue kneading with your hands for a few minutes until you get a dough.
Divided the dough in about 8 balls and make a roll with each ball. They should have a half-inch diameter (1.8 cm). Cut them in little pieces of 1 inch long (about 2.5 cm).
Roll them with a fork to give them the specific gnocchi shape.
Fill a big pot with water and bring it to a boil. Prepare a bowl of cold water (you can put ice cubes in there so it is not too warm).
Put the gnocchi in the boiling water, making sure they do not touch each other. When they float at the surface, scoop them out with a slotted spoon, put them in the cold water. The cold water is used so that the gnocchi will not stick and make a big mess.
You can then add butter and parmesan or prepare the tomato sauce in advance. If you make them, please share your remarks here.