Thursday, April 13, 2006

FOODIE FRIDAY-POTATO GNOCCHI'S






For our first installment of "Foodie Friday" I decided to post my grandmom's recipe for Potato Gnocchi's-(for those of you saying, what is a gnocchi-it's a homemade pasta).

When I was growing up, my Italian grandmom lived in the kitchen. Her day started with prepping for the night's dinner. We had pasta (or macaroni, as we called it) every Sunday at her house and all holiday meals included some sort of pasta, meatballs, sausage and whatever else she tossed in the sauce pot-Thanksgiving-Turkey and trimmings, plus the full Italian side of above mentioned. This was every holiday meal.

Her gnocchi's were fantastic, but as kids, and even as adults, we call them "bullets". Why you ask? Because after you eat a bowl, they sit like lead in your belly for about an hour and only then can you eat more.

I have made these several times and it's really easy to do and the good thing, it'll make a few meals!

POTATO GNOCCHI'S


Ingredients:

3 cups of finely mashed unseasoned potatoes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 eggs, beaten slightly

(Cook potatoes til tender and mash)

Measure potatoes into bowl, add flour, salt and oil and blend with a fork. Add eggs and blend thoroughly. Turn dough onto moderately well floured board and knead gently, about 15 times. Cut off a piece of dough and roll onto lightly floured board into a cord about 3/8 inches thick. Cut into 1 1/4" lengths. Using your pointer finger, roll each in the center giving it a bow shape/ Set gnocchi onto lightly floured pan.

Cook by dropping 1/3 at a time into 3 quarts of boiling salted water-cook for five minutes longer after they all float.

Top with your favorite tomato sauce.

Now, you can place them on a floured pan and pop in the freezer til frozen and then bag them up. Once frozen, they won't stick together. Cook as above while frozen.

You can also place them in a baking dish with sauce and bake in a 150 degree over for 3 hours.

I usually make a double batch and freeze a bunch.

Past Posted Recipes (in case you are interested)

Paradise in a Bowl Soup

Perfect Pizza Dough

4 comments:

Carol L. said...

Oh Deneen you made my day!! I love Italian food I live for Italian food. I am looking into saving for a trip to Italy for next year sometime. Thank you so much for posting this.

Carol L.

Sara said...

I cannot wait to try this one

DixieRedHead said...

That sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing it!

Jewels said...

I should try making these,...I've seen and heard of them before but have never tried them. I'm a carb addict so I'm sure I'd love them. I don't seem to save much time for cooking though..as much as I like food I just want to eat it and get the process over with. Strange me.

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