A friend of mine and her boyfriend introduced me to gnocchi last weekend and after enjoying it and learning how simple the ingredients were I tried to make my own today. Beginners luck turns out to work for me and I had myself a delicious dinner tonight! Since it was so simple and delish I decided to share my recipe:

– 3 potatoes
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of flour (to start)

  • Wash the potatoes and peel potatoes.
  • In a pot big enough to contain the potatoes, boil water. When the water comes to a boil, add the potatoes and boil them until they are soft. You can check they are done with a fork. If they pierce easily and seem mashable, they are good to move onto the next step.
  • Remove the potatoes from the pot and place them in a mixing bowl.
  • With a potato masher mash the potatoes well.
  • Once the potatoes are mashed into a relatively smooth consistency, add the egg and mix it in with the potatoes.
  • Add the flour into the mix bit by bit. Using floured hands blend the mixture and kneed it into a dough. Ultimately the dough should be not too firm and not too soft and sticky. The potatoes may absorb a lot of flour, so keep adding flour until the right doughy consistency is reached.

    Mm dough!

  • Pull off a chunk of dough and roll it on a lightly floured cutting board into a long tube shape.

    Lovely roll ready to be cut

  • Using a sharp knife, cut about half-inch pieces from the roll (these are the gnocchi). To give them a finish, lightly press them into a fork to form grooves in the gnocchi. “Roll” the gnocchi off the fork with the thumb. The whole motion should be like a “drop and roll” Drop the gnocchi on the fork and roll it off with the thumb. Ideally it will fold the gnocchi almost into a seashell.

    Small pieces are hard to cut, trying to make sure you get even pieces makes the next step easier.

  • Place the finished gnocchi onto a flat surface. If they’re one on top of the other, they will stick together and potentially make for a gooey mass when it comes time to cook them.

    Even though they look somewhat deformed they tasted delicious!

  • To cook the gnocchi, boil water. When the water is boiling, add the gnocchi. They are cooked when they rise and float to the top of the water. They should cook within five minutes.

    Messy stove top oops.

  • VOILA!

    Read more at Suite101: The Best Authentic Italian Gnocchi Recipe: Three-Ingredient Potato Dumplings http://recipes.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_best_classic_italian_gnocchi_recipe#ixzz0fUbVQqT0

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