OK - this is getting a little embarrassing. It is officially impossible for me to document the process of preparing and cooking food. Have I mentioned I have kids, 2 kids..under the age of 3. Is it just me.. am I really disorganized..? Please tell me it's not just me or send me the magic calendar that has a time slot for everything.
The good news is.... as I search for recipes similar to mine or moms - I have been finding the BEST food blogs. A couple of days ago I found, The Italian Dish, and introduced myself to Elaine. Wait til you see her blog. She makes cooking a pleasure... and you can practically taste the food, with her beautiful image gallery. So when I found her recipe for Gnocchi, I knew it would land here. Now I haven't officially made her version, but i will .. this week! She has Great Tips.
All photos below are from The Italian dish, and you can click HERE for the original post as well as instructional video.
Elaine's Tip: Bake the potato instead of boil it! Brilliant ! My mom would boil with skin on and peel and then you worry about consistency. I'll be showing off! Also, potato ricer a must. I have find me one of these.
Elaine's Tip: Potato scraper a must. For cutting, lifting gently and also clean up. Also, traditionally gnocchi have fork made ridges. They say - so the sauce sticks to it. Growing up, i was the fork lady Not today! No little ridges necessary. . According to Elaine, in Italy, no ridges.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add 1/2 the gnocchi, and cover with lid. When the boil has returned you can remove lid and wait for gnocchi to float to top. The take them out with a spider, and place in serving dish. Repeat using remaining gnocchi.
You can serve with your favorite sauce. But in my house its always with a fresh tomato sauce !
Bon Appetito !