Delicious Gnocchi

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Comfort food at its finest!
I have been crossing a lot of baking and cooking “firsts” off my list.  I’ve conquered sourdough bread, made mascarpone AND cream cheese….from scratch!!  I’ve made homemade ravioli 3 times!  It’s been down right “Little House on the Prairie” around here!  Nightly walks after dinner with the hubby and morning workouts have helped to undo some of the damage (mental and physical…wink wink).
I finally made gnocchi today.  I still plan on making it with Colleen someday.  I just won’t be a rookie:).
I have to admit that I struggled a bit when I was rolling the gnocchi on the fork.  I tried rolling them off the back of the fork.  That didn’t work very well for me, so I turned the fork around and voila′, instant gnocchi!
I also didn’t have a potato ricer.  Pushing the hot potatoes through a fine wire sieve with a large spoon (or plastic spatula) works well too!!  No fancy gadgets needed:).
I had some 00 flour from those homemade ravioli I was telling you about, so I used it in this recipe.  All-purpose flour would work just fine too.
Now, let’s get started!!
Ingredients:
  • 4 medium (approx. 900g) potatoes (I used Russet)
  •  3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup 00 flour (120 grams) All-purpose flour can be used if you don’t have 00 flour
  • salt (for baking and seasoning)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425° F. Prepare potatoes.  Thoroughly wash and dry the potatoes.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Poke the potatoes several time with a fork.  Rub potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle on a generous amount of fine sea salt.  This will help draw moisture out of the potatoes.  You don’t want a lot of moisture as it will cause your gnocchi to be soggy.  Place in oven and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a fork will easily pierce the center.

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After they have baked for an hour. You can see the water that released when they were baking. That’s a good thing!

Remove from the oven and sit for 5 minutes.  Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the center leaving the skins (maybe for baked skins or compost pile).

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Using a fine strainer (or ricer), press the potatoes through the strainer while they are still hot.  Do this using the back of a large spoon.  Do a couple at a time.  Be careful…those spuds are hot!!

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Break your egg in small bowl and thoroughly whisk (use a fork or small whisk).

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Make sure your egg is at room temperature. The potatoes are warm and you don’t want to cook the egg.

Pour over the top of the strained (or riced) potatoes.  Sprinkle 1 cup of flour over the potatoes and egg.

Using a bench scraper, gently bring the dough together by folding from the outside and press together in the center until the dough comes together is no longer sticky. Gently knead just until mixture comes together.  Sprinkle a bit more flour over top if needed.  You don’t want to overwork the gluten in the flour.  We want our gnocchi to be light and fluffy:).

Roll into a log shape (about 8″ long).

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Cut the dough into thick slices (about an inch thick), and on a floured surface roll them out into ropes roughly 3/4 inch in diameter.

Cut each rope into 3/4″-1″ pieces. 

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Dip a fork into flour. Hold it in one hand, and use your index finger to hold a cut edge of a piece of gnocchi against the tines of the fork.

Press into the center of the gnocchi with your index finger to make a deep indentation. While you are pressing the piece against the tines, flip it away over the tip of the fork. If it becomes sticky, coat your fingers with flour. At this point,  refrigerate the gnocchi on a parchment covered baking sheet for several hours or you can freeze them.  They can be cooked when they are frozen.  The cooking time will be a little longer.

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Freeze your gnocchi until you are ready to use it. Cook while still frozen, but don’t cook too many at once. It will take the water too long to come back to boil:)
Drop gnocchi into a pot of boiling water (make sure to salt your water for more flavor) and cook until they float to the surface (about 2 minutes if refrigerated, if you are cooking them after freezing them, they will take a little longer to float to the top).
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Once they rise to the top give them another 20 seconds before removing with a slotted spoon. Try not to stir while cooking as they are delicate and this can break them up.
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Serve with any of your favorite pasta sauces or simply with brown butter.  I made tomato pesto and grated a little parmesan on top.  This is comfort food at its finest!  I hope you make these amazing little pillows of deliciousness!!  If you do, tag me Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:).  Enjoy!!

 

 

Zucchini & Potato Fritters With Caper Mayonnaise

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I love being able to use herbs from my garden.  We had a really mild winter this year, and my herbs on my back deck are doing great!  I have parsley, rosemary, chives and Greek thyme.  I used that Greek thyme in these fritters and the taste is oh so good!!  You can use dried thyme also and they will still be delicious!!

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Greek Thyme….there is something so gratifying about growing your own herbs!

I had a medium zucchini and a few potatoes, so I thought I would make these fritters and share the recipe with you.

Ingredients:

1 medium zucchini grated

1 large russet potato grated

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

zest and juice of one lemon (2 teaspoons lemon juice)

1/3 cup mayonnaise (74 grams)

1 tablespoon capers,  drained

1/2 teaspoon dry thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (70 grams)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 large egg

Olive oil for cooking fritters

Instructions:

Grate zucchini and place on paper towels to drain.  Sprinkle with salt (this is going to help draw the moisture from the zucchini).  Place more paper towels on top of zucchini. Allow zucchini to sit at least 15 minutes.

Zest and juice 1 lemon.  Set aside.

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To make the caper mayonnaise, put mayonnaise, lemon juice, thyme, capers and black pepper in a bowl and stir until combined.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Peel and grate the large russet potato and put into a large bowl.  Add the zucchini, lemon peel, flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper and beaten egg.  Stir until combined.

Heat oil in a large skillet.  Add large tablespoons of batter to skillet and cook for 4 minutes on each side using medium heat.  This recipe makes 14 fritters.

Cook until golden brown on each side.  Transfer to a heatproof plate and put in the oven at 200°F to keep warm while the other fritters are cooking.

Place fritters on a plate and top with the caper mayonnaise.  These fritters make a nice side dish or served alone (they make great hors d’oeuvres too!).

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I hope you make these delicious fritters, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi. I would love to see your photos.  Enjoy!!

This recipe was inspired by Better Homes and Gardens.