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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

My homemade, light and fluffy gnocchi recipe is a dish you really have to make just once in order to see how darn easy it is to create your own. These potato gnocchi are something that will exceed your expectations to the point that you will never want to go back to store bought again.  You’ll be hooked and you’ll never settle for less than these “melt-a-way gnocchi” which is exactly how one of my students described these little bundles of love. I want you to know how easily you can master this so make sure to watch my VIDEO that goes with this recipe where I take you step-by-step on how to make them including a Gorganzola Dolce Cream Sauce.

Yes, it does take some motivation but you only need about an hour after you bake the potatoes to make them. Once you start rolling out the potato ropes, cutting and then rolling them off a fork to make the little impressions …it’s a breeze! Not to mention when making the gnocchi you will end up with ample supply so you will be able to flash freeze the rest of what you don’t use for future dinners. You will be thrilled that all the hard work has already been done and now you just take them from the freezer to the boiling water, and then to the sauce. Enjoy! Make sure to watch my YouTube cooking show above that goes with this recipe and don’t forget to subscribe on my YouTube channel so that you can receive my latest cooking show releases!

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Ingredients:

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400º

  1. Wash and pierce potatoes
  2. Bake potatoes for 1 hr. til tender
  3. Let cool slightly – just a few minutes – (where you can handle them without getting burned)
  4. Slice potatoes in half and scoop potato flesh into potato ricer- two halves at a time and into Ex- Lg bowl – rice all 5 potatoes into the ex-lg bowl
  5. Make a well in the middle of the potato and sprinkle 1 1/4 cups of flour into that middle
  6. Crack 1 egg and sprinkle salt and nutmeg into the middle on the flour
  7. Whisk egg with a fork to break yolk
  8. With a spatula mix just to incorporate everything, then turn out onto mixing board or area where you can finish kneading for 1 minute til ball forms…DO NOT OVER KNEAD
  9. Cut ball into 8ths and take one section at a time and begin to roll out into a long rope
  10. Begin to slice rope into 1/2″ pieces…you don’t want them large because they will expand when you go to cook them
  11. Continue to do this until you go through all the potato dough
  12. Cook what you want at that point and line the extra up onto cutting boards and begin to flash freeze til solid
  13. Then place frozen gnocchi into lg Ziploc baggies and back into freeze until future use
  14. Roll each piece off the fork to make indentations
  15. Boil a lg pot of water that has been salted
  16. Add in gnocchi continuously, a few at a time, into boiling water and using a lg spoon gently give a swirl to help them not to stick to the bottom
  17. NOTE: the boiling water should not be a a full rapid boil but a low one
  18. As soon as they float to the top remove with a slotted spoon (which helps drain the water) and add to your sauce of choice
  19. Mangia mangia!

TIP:  When using flash frozen gnocchi in the future go directly from the freezer to the boiling water, give a couple of stirs so as not to clump at the bottom. NEVER thaw first or leave on counter too longer especially marble or granite because they will thaw quickly.

Gorganzola Dolce Cream Sauce with Fresh Thyme

Gorganzola Dolce Cream Sauce with Fresh Thyme

This Gorganzola Dolce cream sauce with fresh thyme couldn’t get any easier and your dinner guests will think you secretly went to culinary school and became a saucier! Gorganzola Dolce cheese originated in Northern Italy, and is made from cows milk. It’s a mild, creamy, and sweet cheese great for spreading on baguette slices or even crackers. It’s moister than Stilton and definitely more buttery than Roquefort. It’s decadent really, one of my very favorite cheeses of all times along side of Taleggio…another amazing Italian cheese!

I came up with this recipe because I serve it on my homemade gnocchi (potato pasta) with truffle oil and fresh thyme. You won’t believe how easy this is to make. You can make it to go over any kind of pasta you like and pair it up with grilled steaks or sautéed chicken along side.

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Ingredients: Makes enough for 1 lb. pasta

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp of Gorganzola Dolce Cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup extra dry vermouth or white wine
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Reggiano Parmeggiano to sprinkle on top at the end
  • Truffle oil

Directions:

  1. Pour heavy cream into a medium sauce pan on the stove over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add in the gorganzola dolce cheese and whisk just to combine.
  3. Add in the vermouth and simmer for 5 minutes on low
  4. Turn off and stir in 1 Tbsp of fresh thyme leaves..set aside til pasta is ready
  5. Cook 1 lb. of your favorite tubular, shaped pasta, or gnocchi and pour sauce over
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of Reggiano cheese, a drizzle of truffle oil and more fresh thyme leaves sprinkled on top

You may want to serve some appetizers with this dinner like:

Jumbo Crab Cakes

Jumbo Crab Cakes

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Curry-Yogurt Dip & Asparagus

Curry-Yogurt Dip & Asparagus