Veronica's Homemade Gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings)
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- Ready In:
- 6hrs 15mins
- IN LARGE KETTLE, bring the water and oil to a boil.
- Remove from burner and add the 2 boxes of instant potatoes (make it like you are making mashed potatoes).
- Let it cool for about 4 hours.
- In a large bowl combine the flour and grated cheese (mix well).
- Add the slightly beaten egg yolks and cold mashed potato mixture.
- Mix and knead and knead and knead& then knead some more (It will seem like it will never come together, but do not add anything else- just keep kneadin until it becomes nice and smooth) When nice and smooth, cut the dough into sections (don't make the pieces too big or too small) Roll out each piece into a rope (about 1" thick) (do not use any flour when you are making the ropes).
- Cut the rope into 1" pieces or smaller.
- Sprinkle flour over the little pieces.
- Using a cheese grater that has been floured real good, roll each 1" inch piece with your finger to form your gnocchi.
- (HINT: USE THE SMALL HOLE SIDE AND ROLL LIGHTLY WITH FINGER TO GET THE SHAPE. IF YOU PRESS DOWN TOO HARD, YOU WILL END UP POKING A HOLE THROUGH THE DOUGH. IF THAT HAPPENS, MUSH THE PIECE BACK TOGETHER AND ROLL AGAIN).
- They will sorta look like a crocheted hat without a rim when you are done rolling them.
- Flour your cookie trays and only put one layer of gnocchi's per tray.
- You can freeze them at this point and when they are frozen, throw them all into a plastic bag and keep in the freezer until ready to use.
- When ready to cook them, place them in boiling water.
- When they float to the top of the pan, they are done.
- Drain and put in big pasta bowl.
- Pour your sauce (tomato or pesto) over the top and mix and serve.
- This recipe will serve about 10 to 12 people.
- You might want to cut it in half.
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Have made these twice in the last three months and sadly haven't reviewd the recipe. My whole family likes these. They come together quickly, but make sure you have time, because it makes a ton, which is a good thing in my large family. Not sure what would cause these to dissolve in the cooking water, but I've not had that problem. First time I made them I was in a hurry, so i threw the dough into the freezer to chill, worked well. Have never had anything but good comments on these-made them once with sauteed cabbage and onions for the vegetarians in my family-pretty tasty. Second time I added chopped spinach, squeezed dry and romano cheese, then topped woth marinara sauce. Yummo! Do try these. Forgot to add that I let my stand mixer do all the work and it works great.