we heart gnocchi.

1 Dec

I got the leftover bag of potatoes from Thanksgiving – so now I have about a dozen potatoes to try to eat! I used to think that potatoes were “bad” for you, i.e. they would make you fat with all their empty carbs, but last month the executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission decided to fix exactly that assumption by going on a 60 day potato diet. In the end he lost 17 pounds and his cholesterol levels dropped… I think the real problem with potatoes is that they taste so good fried! The trick is to come up with ways to make them without tons of oil. And eat then in place of other carbs, not in place of fruits and veggies.

In light of that, we decided to make some homemade gnocchi (“nyo-kee”), which is potato pasta. I don’t know why we decided to make this recipe during a busy school week right before finals… I guess it was a nice way to de-stress (?).

Homemade Gnocchi

(From Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian)

1 lb potatoes
1 cup (plus more) flour
salt & pepper


Boil potatoes with skin on for 45 minutes, then carefully peel (the skin should come off easily, just don’t burn your hands!).

Mash potatoes with salt and pepper using a ricer, potato masher, or fork.

Add ½ cup flour, then more as necessary to create a sticky dough. Test by boiling a small piece in water. If it keeps its shape then continue. If not, add more flour (try to add as little flour as possible).

Roll out dough in log about ½ inch in diameter.

Cut off small sections and roll on a fork to score.

Boil gnocchi, being careful not to crowd in pot. They are done 1 minute after they begin to float.

Let gnocchi sit for at least 5 minutes before tossing with sauce and serving.

Optional: lightly brown gnocchi in pan, then add sauce and simmer for a few minutes before serving.




2 Responses to “we heart gnocchi.”

  1. Beth Ann Locke December 2, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    I see a gnocchi board in your future…. 🙂

    • Lorraine December 9, 2010 at 12:18 am #

      What is that?

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