I have not been making many new recipes recently, although my good intention keep telling me to do so. Luckily, when my husband requested Cottage Pie last week I had my inspiration. I decided that I was going to make extra mash potato and make Homemade Gnocchi. Here is how I did it:
- 250g of Leftover Mashed Potato (you can just boil potatoes and mash them for it too of course)
- 250g of Flour
- 1 Egg
- Place the mashed potato into a large bowl
- Sieve in half of the flour and add the egg and begin to combine
- Slowly sieve the rest of the flour into the mixture
- At this point you may want to use your fingers to gently knead the dough into a ball
- Once you have a ball you can divide it into four (so it is easy to roll)
- The take one of the quarters and place onto a well floured surface
- Then use your fingers to roll the dough into ‘sausages’ (for want of a better word) about 2cm in diameter
- Once you have 4 sausages you can then cut your dough to create your gnocchi, I did each one about 1cm thick
- When all of your dough has been cut up you should dust the gnocchi in flour so they do not stick together
- When you are ready to cook them, just boil some water, once boiling drop the gnocchi in for 3-4 minutes, once they are ready they will float to the top!
- Drain and serve as you choose, this will serve 2 large portions or 4 if having alongside something else.
I have wanted to make Homemade Gnocchi ever since our mini-moon in Florence, Italy and I am so glad I finally did. It was super easy to make and the results are better than any ‘fresh gnocchi’ you can buy in the supermarkets. As a leftover food, I recommend always boiling up a few extra potatoes so you can have Gnocchi the next day and everyone will think you are some amazing chef! Win, win…
We actually made two batches and had one with homemade tomato sauce and the other with pesto and toasted pine nuts. I preferred the latter but what do you like to serve your Gnocchi with?