Potato Gnocchi

It’s best to cook the potato gnocchi as soon as you’ve made them. If you don’t want to eat them right away, the gnocchi can be cooked and then frozen in individual serving size plastic bags. Do not thaw before cooking.–Editors of The Silver Spoon

LC Gnocchi Note

We may not know all there is to Italian cooking like a nonna would, but we do at least know where to turn when we’re not certain: The Silver Spoon. It’s yet to disappoint. Take these pillowy little poufs of potato-y perfection—gnocchi, in common parlance—as evidence.

Potato Gnocchi Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 pounds potatoes, preferably russets, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 to 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Salt, to taste
  • Butter, melted, or a simple tomato sauce

Directions

  • 1. Set up a steamer over boiling water. Steam the potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes. While the potatoes are still hot, mash them with a potato masher or press them through a potato ricer and return them to the empty pot, turn them into a large bowl, or plop them on a clean work surface.
  • 2. Dump 1 cup flour, egg, and a pinch salt into the potato mixture. Knead the mixture until a soft, smooth, elastic dough forms, adding just enough of the remaining 3/4 cup flour to keep the dough from sticking. (Be careful with the ratio of potato to flour: If there is too much flour, the gnocchi will be hard; if there is too much potato, the gnocchi will tend to fall apart while cooking.) Taste a little dough to make sure there’s enough salt. If not, work in a little more salt with your hands.
  • 3. Shape the dough into about 6 long ropes, each just over 2/3 inch in diameter. Cut each roll into 1/2- to 3/4-inch lengths. Using the floured thumb of 1 hand, press each length to make a dimple in the center, then, if desired, gently roll it against the face of a fine grater to imprint the pattern on the underside. (Alternatively, hold a fork at a 45° angle with the curved side facing you and the tips of the tines touching your work surface. Working with 1 length at a time, roll it down the back side of the tines, pressing gently with your thumb, to make ridges on 1 side. The gnocchi may curl slightly but that’s okay.) Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a clean dish towel dusted with flour or a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. (You can freeze the gnocchi in individual-serving-size plastic bags. Do not thaw the gnocchi before cooking.)
  • 4. To cook the gnocchi, bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the water, a few at a time, and cook until they float to the surface. Do not overcook the gnocchi or they’ll fall apart. Use a slotted spoon to remove the gnocchi as soon as they rise to the surface, allowing any excess water to fall back into the pot. Transfer the gnocchi to a warm serving dish or platter and add the butter or sauce. Serve immediately.
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Natalie Reebel

Jan 22, 2014

My mom always told me that traditional potato gnocchi is the one Italian recipe she wished she would have acquired from her grandmother. I thought, what better place to get an authentic gnocchi recipe than The Silver Spoon? The idea of making my own potato gnocchi was very intimidating. Wanting the lightest gnocchi possible, I steamed the potatoes. I added the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough seemed elastic (although it was still a bit sticky). I rolled it out into six 1 1/2- to 2-foot logs and began cutting them into 3/4-inch sections. My first attempts to roll the small pieces of gnocchi on the back of a fork looked a little funny. As I continued cutting and rolling, each piece began to look a little more like real gnocchi. It was at that point that I realized good gnocchi probably take some practice. Once my water was boiling, I placed my first few gnocchi in the pot. I expected them to disintegrate immediately, so imagine my delight when they rose to the surface and began to float after about 2 minutes of cooking. I drained the first batch and found the texture to be light as a feather, and the flavor to be slightly sweet but with enough depth to handle a light savory sauce. It was a wonderful experience to make my own gnocchi. I cannot wait to make them for my mom.


Comments
Comments
  1. Finla says:

    These look so perfect and beautiful.

  2. lisa wright says:

    Made the potato gnocchi this past weekend–doubled the recipe–and it was really amazing…and easy!

    Delish and have added to “go to list.”

    Lisa

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