Home made Potato Gnocchi
Home made Gnocchi is a fun activity to do one afternoon with the kids or just to relax with some music on in the background. They freeze well and can be cooked straight out of the freezer for that last minute meal. To accompany your gnocchi, why not try a simple sauce of garlic, chilli and Matakana Extra Virgin Olive Oil ? Put in a frying pan a couple of chopped garlic cloves and a chopped chilli with 1/3 of a cup of olive oil. Once it starts sizzling and changes colour turn the stove off. Chop up some fresh italian parsley and once the Gnocchi are cooked, toss them for a couple of minutes in the garlic and chilli pan over medium heat. Top with chopped parsley and a grate of Parmesan cheese, serve immediately. Yum!!
3 red potatoes cooked and peeled
1 and 1/2 cups of white strong flour
1 tbs of Matakana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mash your potatoes well. Once you think they are mashed well, mash them some more than add olive oil and salt and pepper. You want them to have no lumps at all.
Add the flour 1/2 a cup at a time and knead in with your hands (you can do this on your kitchen bench). Once you have a not-too-dry but not-too-sticky ball you are good to go. To test it, tear a tiny piece of dough off and drop it in the boiling water. If it floats to the top without falling apart, it’s perfect. If it falls apart, it needs more flour. If it is really gummy once it begins to float, add a little bit more olive oil to the dough.
Tear off a chunk from the ball and roll it out into a rope shape of about a thumb thickness then cut it into 1 cm segments. Roll each segment over the tines of a fork to give it traditional shape.
Put water in a pot and when is boiling add a handful of salt to the water.
Drop the Gnocchi in batches in the water and when they float to the surface they are ready to be pulled out with a spoon. Add your favorite sauce (see above) and some parmesan cheese.