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GNOCCHI

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45 min

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4,700,793 views  This week on Basics, I'm conquering one of my all-time greatest fears and making gnocchi.

4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Potato Gnocchi

large potatoes

4 large potatoes

egg

1 egg

All  purpose flour

100 g All purpose flour

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

full fat ricotta

1 lb full fat ricotta

large egg

1 large egg

parmesan cheese, grated

3 oz parmesan cheese, grated

Nutmeg (optional)

Nutmeg (optional)

All  purpose flour

150 g All purpose flour

For the Brown Butter Sage Sauce

For the Brown Butter Sage Sauce

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

shallots, minced

1 handful shallots, minced

Sage leaves

Sage leaves

garlic, chopped or crushed

3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed

cold unsalted butter

3 tbsp cold unsalted butter

parmesan cheese, grated

4 oz parmesan cheese, grated

pasta water

¼ cup pasta water

Kosher Salt

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

For the Pesto Sauce

For the Pesto Sauce

pine nuts, toasted

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

basil leaves

1 ½ cup basil leaves

garlic, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

parmesan cheese, grated

2 oz parmesan cheese, grated

oli

⅓ cup oli

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

green beans, sliced

1 cup green beans, sliced

pasta water

¼ cup pasta water

For the Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

For the Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

heavy cream

1 ½ cup heavy cream

gorgonzola dolce

4 oz gorgonzola dolce

parmesan cheese, grated

2 oz parmesan cheese, grated

nutmeg, grated

¼ tsp nutmeg, grated

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable Oil

Parsley

Parsley

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Potato Gnocchi

1.

Start by poking the potatoes all over using a fork. Place them in a preheated 375°F oven for about an hour. After this, the skins should be crisp and the interior should easily pierce with a knife.

large potatoes

4 large potatoes

2.

Using a clean dish towel, grab each potato, and remove the skin from the potato. This will allow more steam to escape. Less steam means less moisture, and less moisture means lighter, fluffier gnocchi. Cover with plastic wrap and let cool for a few hours.

3.

Once they have cooled down, pass them through the fine holes of a cheese grater (for an easier and faster method use a potato ricer). Once the potatoes are grated down to fluffy little bits, place them onto a rimmed baking sheet and measure to specified weight. Add beaten egg yolk spread evenly across (1 beaten egg yolk for every 500 grams). Then sift all-purpose flour across the potatoes.

large potatoes

500 g large potatoes

egg

1 egg

All  purpose flour

100 g All purpose flour

4.

Bring the potatoes into a ball of dough using a bench scraper (or the desired tool) to chop and mix everything up to make sure the egg and flour are evenly distributed. Start using your hands to press it into one cohesive mass.

5.

Once the mass has formed, start kneading for about 90 seconds for slightly toothsome gnocchi. A phrase to remember, “The more you knead the tougher they’ll bead, but if early on you surrender then they’ll be tender”.

6.

Once the dough is smooth and no egg or flour streaks remain, roll it out into a fat little log and cut into four even pieces. Sift some all-purpose flour onto a work surface then roll each piece of dough into a 1” thick rope. Press down any pudgy spots until it is nice and even.

All  purpose flour

All purpose flour

7.

Then using a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut into little dumplings or into the desired size.

8.

For different shapes other than the pillow-like shape, roll a piece of dough between your hands until round or simply make a dent in the center using your finger. For a classic gnocchi shape, press down against the tines of a fork using your thumb down and across the fork.

9.

Once all of the dough has been cut and shaped into the desired gnocchi shape, place onto a rimmed baking sheet and cover with a dusting of all-purpose flour. For non-immediate cooking, place in a freezer to solidify for 1 hour, then scrape off and place in a bag and back into the freezer. For immediate use, cook with one of the sauces below!

10.

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

1.

Start with full-fat ricotta. Drain using a cheesecloth set in a colander, set in a glass bowl, wrapped in plastic wrap, topped with a smaller bowl and filling that bowl with something heavy to apply nice even pressure. Place in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

full fat ricotta

1 lb full fat ricotta

2.

After dumping the drained whey out of the bowl, dump the drained ricotta into a large bowl followed by egg, grated parmesan cheese, a little grated nutmeg (optional) and then beat together until nice and smooth.

large egg

1 large egg

parmesan cheese, grated

3 oz parmesan cheese, grated

Nutmeg (optional)

Nutmeg (optional)

3.

Then sift all-purpose flour over the mixture. Gently fold using a rubber spatula until it becomes a cohesive mass. If it feels a little too sticky add in a little more flour.

All  purpose flour

150 g All purpose flour

4.

Once the mixture is no longer sticky and sticking to your hands, go ahead and knead it until no dry streaks of flour remain.

5.

Once the dough is smooth and no egg or flour streaks remain, roll it out into a fat little log and cut into four even pieces. Sift some all-purpose flour onto a work surface then roll each piece of dough into a 1” thick rope. Press down any pudgy spots until it is nice and even.

All  purpose flour

All purpose flour

6.

Then using a bench scraper or sharp knife cut into little dumplings or into the desired size.

7.

For different shapes other than the pillow-like shape, roll a piece of dough between your hands until round or simply make a dent in the center using your finger. For a classic gnocchi shape, press down against the tines of a fork using your thumb down and across the fork.

8.

Once all of the dough has been cut and shaped into the desired gnocchi shape, place onto a rimmed baking sheet and cover with a dusting of all-purpose flour. For non-immediate cooking, place in a freezer to solidify for 1 hour. Scrape off and placing in a bag and back into the freezer. For immediate use, cook with one of the sauces below!

9.

For the Brown Butter Sage Sauce Cooking

1.

Into a large saucepan melt and brown unsalted butter. Do this by continuous swirling until the milk fat separates and turns a light toasty golden color.

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2.

At which point, add in a handful of finely chopped shallots and let those sweat for about a minute until they develop some color. Then add in a big handful of freshly torn sage leaves, as well as garlic (chopped or crushed). Remove from heat once everything is soft and fragrant.

shallots, minced

1 handful shallots, minced

Sage leaves

Sage leaves

garlic, chopped or crushed

3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed

3.

At which point, drop the gnocchi into a pot of boiling water for about 90 seconds (if fresh) and know that they’re done when they start to pop up to the surface.

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

4.

Fish them out using a mesh strainer and dump them directly into the saucepan with some pasta water then give them a toss in the pan to ensure they are coated in the brown butter and herbs.

5.

Once that is done, kill the heat and cold unsalted butter, grated parmesan cheese, and pasta water then give a few tosses to help emulsify the sauce.

cold unsalted butter

3 tbsp cold unsalted butter

parmesan cheese, grated

4 oz parmesan cheese, grated

pasta water

¼ cup pasta water

6.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and adding more cooked pasta water if necessary before serving and eating.

Kosher Salt

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

7.

For the Pesto Gnocchi Cooking

1.

Start by making a fresh pesto using toasted pine nuts, packed basil leaves, chopped garlic, grated parmesan, and olive oil along with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Place into a food processor and process on high speed until it is a nice and creamy pesto. Taste for seasoning.

pine nuts, toasted

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

basil leaves

1 ½ cup basil leaves

garlic, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

parmesan cheese, grated

2 oz parmesan cheese, grated

oli

⅓ cup oli

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

2.

On the stovetop, into a boiling pot of water goes a cup of sliced green beans for about 2 minutes before retrieving and placing in a warm saute pan off the heat.

green beans, sliced

1 cup green beans, sliced

3.

Follow this by cooking the gnocchi in boiling water for 90 seconds (if fresh) then add to the saute pan along with the green beans and pour the pesto on top.

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Potato Gnocchi

4.

Hit it with pasta cooking water and toss the whole thing together until fully mixed together and creamy.

pasta water

¼ cup pasta water

5.

Place into a bowl along with some grated parmesan and enjoy!

parmesan cheese, grated

parmesan cheese, grated

6.

For the Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

1.

Into a medium-wide saucepan pour heavy cream and bring to a rolling simmer and stir frequently for 15-20 minutes, or until it is reduced by half.

heavy cream

1 ½ cup heavy cream

2.

Turn the heat down low and add crumbled gorgonzola dolce with grated parmesan (optional) and freshly grated nutmeg and whisk together over low heat until fully mixed. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and keep warm while cooking the gnocchi.

gorgonzola dolce

4 oz gorgonzola dolce

parmesan cheese, grated

2 oz parmesan cheese, grated

nutmeg, grated

¼ tsp nutmeg, grated

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

3.

In a pot of boiling water goes the gnocchi. Also place vegetable oil in a nonstick frypan over medium-high heat until the oil starts to shimmer.

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable Oil

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Potato Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

For the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

4.

If timed correctly, the gnocchi should rise to the surface after 90 seconds, at which point fish them out while shaking off as much excess water as possible and dump into the preheated frypan. Try to dump the gnocchi into one even layer.

5.

Leave undisturbed for 2-3 minutes so the bottom develops a nice brown crust. Right before flipping, drizzle vegetable oil over them to ensure no sticking. Give the gnocchi and pan a few tosses. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

6.

Fill a small bowl with the fried gnocchi then drizzle the gorgonzola cream sauce over the gnocchi. Top it off with a little grated nutmeg, a little extra grated parmesan, and a sprinkle of parsley.

parmesan cheese, grated

parmesan cheese, grated

Parsley

Parsley

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