Monday, June 6, 2011

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

I have always loved Gnocchi and often wondered if it can be easily made at home or not. I once tried the store-bought gnocchi and didn't like it at all. So for the sake of my taste buds, I decided to give gnocchi a try at home. I don't have the gnocchi roller so I used the fork to roll the gnocchi and mark the impressions. I was amazed and very happy with the first try of making this lovely pasta at home. It came out perfectly light and delicious. I served the gnocchi with the basil pesto sauce and we all enjoyed having a hearty and delicious meal.


It may take a little while to get hang of rolling gnocchi, but once you roll a few, you will be an expert in no time. I will take you through the process of making gnocchi with pictures of each step. 


Ingredients:
1 lb potatoes ( I used gold skinned potatoes)
1 and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 large egg
1 pinch salt 

Method:
1. In a large pan, boil the potatoes until they are soft and tender all the way. While still warm, peel the skin off the potatoes and mash using fork or potato masher.
2. Make a well in center of potatoes and sprinkle all over with 1 cup of flour. Place egg and salt as well in the center and mix using a fork. Once egg is mixed in, bring dough together, kneading gently. Use extra flour as needed. The ball should be soft but dry to touch.


3. Divide the dough into 8 balls and roll each 1/8th of the ball into the snake shaped log and cut every 3/4th inch using a knife. Dust with a bit more flour.


4. Using the back side of the fork, roll the gnocchi in and down the length of the fork. The gnocchi should curl slightly into a "C" shape and their backs will capture the impression of the tines. This process can take a little while to get hang of so don't get discouraged and keep rolling.


5. Repeat step 4 until you have rolled all the dough. 

6. Boil the prepared gnocchi for 2-3 minutes in little salted water. As soon as gnocchi starts floating on top of the water, take it out with a slotted spoon. 

Toss it with your favorite sauce and seasonings & serve! 


16 comments:

Prathibha said...

wow..they look fantastic..I m yet to try them...this tempts me 2 try..:)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

I love this so much simple n yumm dish..

Priya said...

U rock, never tried gnocchi at home, sounds simple and easy..

Priya Sreeram said...

wow, i have always wanted to make pasta from scratch and making gnocchis were always on the list- beautifully explained ! nice

divya said...

ooh, yum, looks so inviting :)

Nithya said...

Potato based dishes always excite me :) Yummm.. Totally new and delicious :)

natalie said...

I've never actually tried my hand at homemade gnocchi, but those look good enough for me to dive into. Definitely going on my "to make" list. :)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This looks so delicious.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Sounds so very simple... can't wait to try....
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Bookmarking. Can we do it without eggs?

Cooking Foodie said...

Good recipe and the last pic is so mouthwatering and picture perfect... love the colors... blue of the plate and red in napkin... yellow of the juice..

Lizzy said...

It's been a long time since I made gnocchi...but your last photo has me wanting some soon! Your recipe looks lovely...and topped with pesto? YUM!

Erin said...

Wow - your pictures are stunning! This looks like a wonderful dish! My brother loves to make gnocchi, so I have never had to do it on my own.

Drug1234 said...

Yummy..bring it now..


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Swati Sapna said...

I love gnocchi! and ever since I saw a gnocchi task on masterchef australia 2, i have been dying to try it at home... but i keep thinking its going to be a disaster so why try! but ur post has given me some courage now! it looks so wonderful!!! :)

Katy ~ said...

I have always wanted to try homemade gnocchi. I even have the wooden paddle for rolling it, but have never worked up the courage to try hit. Yours looks so delicious, I guess it's time to dust it off and try this. Looks delicious!

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