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From Fabio's Italian Kitchen. Plan to have the potato mixture cool overnight. Hot potatoes will create steam which will make the gnocchi too dense and chewy.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F
- Bake the potatoes for an hour until they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Cool for a couple hours, remove insides with a spoon, and mash them, using a potato ricer or a fork, until they are very smooth.
- Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the nutmeg, salt, a pinch of pepper, the egg yolk, and the ricotta. Mix together to combine and let rest overnight in the refrigerator, uncovered.
- The next day, spread the semolina flour in an even layer on a baking sheet or tray.
- Then place the potato mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer and, using the paddle attachment, add the flour on low-medium speed. Once the mixture has come together, remove it from the bowl and cut into fist-size balls.
- Roll each ball in the palms of your hands and then form it into a cigar shape. Cut each of these tubes into 1-inch pieces. Place them on the bed of semolina flour and put the tray into the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes to set.
- To cook, drop the gnocchi into salted boiling water. When the first few rise to the top of the pot, remove all the gnocchi with a slotted spoon.