Gnocchi: Heavenly Potato Gnocchi

posted by SandyOH 12-15-101 4:30 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Heavenly Potato Gnocchi
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Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Pasta And Grains
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 cups cold mashed cooked potatoes
1/2 cup unsalted butter -- melted
2 egg yolks -- lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour plus extra
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Place the potatoes in a large bowl and stir in 1/4 cup melted butter, the egg yolks, and the cheese. Stir in 1 cup flour, the nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Add extra flour, if needed, to form a soft dough. Roll into ropes on a well-floured board and slice into 1-inch lengths. Press the ends of the gnocchi with the tines of a fork.

Drop the dumplings, 8 or 10 at a time, into a large pot of boiling, salted water. Return water to simmering and cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface and are firm, about 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Place on a lightly buttered heatproof serving dish. Continue until all dough is used up.

Preheat oven to 350 F. (400 F. if frozen). Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over the gnocchi and bake until slightly puffed, about 15 minutes (20, if frozen).

Serves 6

Note: Making gnocchi is the best use of leftover potatoes ever thought of by man. And mashed potatoes are best made with mealy baking potatoes like Idahos. The secret to making gnocchi is to keep the board and your hands well-floured at all times.

You can freeze these on baking sheets and then slip them into self-seal bags for safekeeping until ready to use. Just reheat in a 400 F. oven for about 20 minutes before serving.

Source: Celebrating America: A Cookbook - Phillip Stephen Schultz

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