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Old 02-06-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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Gnocchi

If I dont have a potatoe ricer, after steaming/peeling, should I just smash them by hand? or use a food processor or what.

And the sauce im going to use: marinara, or I might add some ground sirloin. Would it taste good with them, 1st time making gnocchi. Any tips? for forming/rolling. etc

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About 2 - 3 lb's potatoes
1 3/4 flour
little salt.

Not making homemade sauce tonight, no time :(

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Old 02-06-2006, 02:56 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to this, but I do know that your do NOT want to use the food processor. It will turn the potatoes into glue. We found that out the hard way years ago
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:06 PM   #3
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Welcome to DC, Chicago.

A ricer might be a good idea, but let me go check thru my recipes. Re the steak and marinara, sounds like an interesting twist, but gnocchi is very filling/heavy. I usually like them with a buttery sage sauce. Here's a recipe I posted for the cooked Gnocchi... see what you think.

Mushroom Gnocchi Gratin
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Old 02-06-2006, 05:47 PM   #4
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Ehh, one person doesn't like mushroom's at all, so i'll make it for everyone. I might make spinach gnocchi.. Or maybe just regular for the 1st attempt. Still haven't decided. Could you peal the potatoe's, before steaming, or no.
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Old 02-07-2006, 05:08 PM   #5
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You could also use a fine grater for the potatoes.

Also make sure you pick the right type of potatoes, they must be of the high-starch low moisture variety as these will make the best gnocchi. If you get a real floury potato it cuts down on the amount of flour you need, you may not need any flour at all.

Additionally don't peel potatoes before cooking them for gnocchi, the skin helps to limit the amount of moisture that the potato absorbs and of course roasting the potatoes produces a good result.
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:49 AM   #6
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Yes, potato ricer would be an ideal choice for gnocchi making, and if you enjoy them as well as mashed potatoes, potato pancakes and various other recipes that uses pressed/squished potatoes, it would be well worth an investment, as it shouldn't cost that much and it is very handy.

However, without it, you can just use a potato masher and squish them as much as possible, as Haggis said when you precook potatoes leave them whole with skin on, steaming or pressure cooking would be the best way, as you would want as little liquid as possible getting into the potatoes.
Also it is true that the recipe can vary according to the quality of potatoes. It is difficult to get just the right kind of potatoes, I often end up adding much more flour than what the recipe calls for to make the dough solid enough. You have to kinda play by ears, just feel the dough while you are kneading it and while making the "ropes", and if it feels too flimsy and soft, you need to add some more flour until it attains the body that is robust enough. Also when you store them in the fridge, use plenty of flours preferably to coat each morsels to prevent sticking to each other and to absorb any existing excess moisture.

When you cook them, don't put too many in one go, and scoop them up as they rise to the surface.

For sauces, one of my favourites is quattro formaggi, well...to be honest it is one of those things that you are not "allowed" to give a thought about just how much calories you are packing in as you enjoy it, but it is just a brilliant occasional treat, well worth a try. My usual combinations are gorgonzola, taleggio, fontina and edam (or gouda), cut them into small cubes, heat them up in a double boiler, add desired amount of cooking cream and a dash of white pepper and let it cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce become completely smooth. They are just gorgeous, and if you cook some broccolis on the side to enjoy them with this sauce, mmm, mmm, mmm... it will make you totally forget about velveeta!!
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When you cook them, don't put too many in one go, and scoop them up as they rise to the surface.

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I am devastated, watery eyes, dropping chine, extended tongue hanging out. Hope that’s not overdoing it, but that recipe is a doer.

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You could also use a fine grater for the potatoes.

Also make sure you pick the right type of potatoes, they must be of the high-starch low moisture variety as these will make the best gnocchi. If you get a real floury potato it cuts down on the amount of flour you need, you may not need any flour at all.

Additionally don't peel potatoes before cooking them for gnocchi, the skin helps to limit the amount of moisture that the potato absorbs and of course roasting the potatoes produces a good result.
Thanks Haggis.
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I don't know the answer to this, but I do know that your do NOT want to use the food processor. It will turn the potatoes into glue. We found that out the hard way years ago
No food processor. Got ya!
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Welcome to DC, Chicago.

A ricer might be a good idea, but let me go check thru my recipes. Re the steak and marinara, sounds like an interesting twist, but gnocchi is very filling/heavy. I usually like them with a buttery sage sauce. Here's a recipe I posted for the cooked Gnocchi... see what you think.

Mushroom Gnocchi Gratin
This is a very tempting looking sauce, also...
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