by Ben Miller
I wouldn’t call this recipe a failure, but I also wouldn’t call it a success. The taste was pretty good–a nice blend of potato and the herbs I mixed in. The texture was another matter. It didn’t seem fully cooked after the allotted cooking time, so I boiled it for longer. The end result was a little slimy, probably from being overdone. Needless to say I’m looking for recommendations on how to improve this recipe. (You’ll have to excuse the size of the pictures, I took them with my cell phone and they kind of blurry at full size.
Adapted from the Dean & DeLuca Cookbook
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 1 large egg, beaten lightly
- 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup flour
For what it’s worth, I didn’t actually measure out all the greens, seemed like more work than was necessary.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Poke the potatoes several times with a fork and then place on the oven rack and bake for an hour or until they are cooked.
- Let the potatoes cool, then scoop out the insides (careful because the interior will be much hotter than the exterior). Mash the potatoes with a fork and then add the egg and butter. Keep mixing and add in the herbs, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- Add in half the flour and start kneading the dough. Keep adding more flour as you go until the dough is firm and no longer sticky.
- Divide the dough into four pieces. Take each piece one at a time and roll it into a 24-inch long rope that is about a half thick.
- Cut the dough into 1/2 inch pieces. Then take a fork and roll it over each piece perpendicular to the width. (I didn’t do this at first so many of the pictures have it going the wrong direction.) This creates grooves on the gnocchi, which helps it trap sauce.
- Boil the gnocchi in a pot of boiling salted water until they float, about 3 minutes. Drain and serve.
Alright, so where did I go wrong?