Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gnocchi (Italian small potato dumplings) 義式麵疙瘩


I have seen gnocchi posted in other bloggers last time, but never thinking to make them at home. After I tasted the real gnocchi during the recent Italy trip, then only I started to make them at home. My first impression of the gnocchi that we took in Italy, the texture was light like cloud !!
Gnocchi (pronoun as nyoh-kee) is very easy to make at home, just by mixing potato, flour and egg.
They are eaten as an alternative to soups or pasta.


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I actually brought back two pack of frozen gnocchi from Italy. But they tasted bad, maybe due to already spoilt or too much of preservative added..


Before I throw the package away, i read the label in the packing as to confirm what ingredients they use to make this gnocchi. Also went thru few sites and video, and I made my first gnocchi, but it was failed to hold the shape after adding other ingredients. Anyway, I managed to make gnocchi that tasted light like cloud and able to hold its shape on the 2nd attempted!

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If compare homemade to the real gnocchi that I tasted, the texture is close to the original but the potato taste still has slight difference. The original can't really taste strong potato taste, not sure what type of potato they use, should be Italian potatoes..
Ya, don't ever use the common Holland potatoes that we easily found in the market, because they will tasted like "Kuih Keria", LOL.. 
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I learnt that bake potatoes in oven produce lighter gnocchi than boiled  potatoes in water.

In my next post, I will share with you the pasta dish that I cooked with this Gnocchi ..

Gnocchi (Italian small potato dumplings) 義式麵疙瘩
(recipe source: adapted from various sources, re-created by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)

500g mashed potato (US Russet potato)
1 egg yolk
50g cake flour
25g potato starch
1/4tsp fine salt

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Rice flour, for dusting

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C.
  2. Poke holes in potatoes with fork as to vent moisture as the potatoes cook. Bake the potatoes in their skins until tender, about an hour.
  3. Remove potato skin while hot. Mash the potatoes through a potato ricer and into a large bowl. (If you don't have a potato ricer you can mash the potatoes by using fork, then sift the potato).
  4. Add the cake flour, potato starch, egg yolk and salt. Mix by hand until you have a nice pliable ball of dough. Do not over-mix.
  5. Prepare a work area and dust it with rice flour. Take the dough, a piece at a time, and roll it out gently with your hands until you have rolls about 1” in diameter.
  6. Cut the tubes of dough into pieces ( about 7g per pc). Using a fork, press against a piece of the dough and roll it slightly to form an indentation (good for catching the sauce). As the gnocchi are made, place them on flat baking pan, lightly dusted with rice flour. Gnocchi is ready to put into simmering water for the next step.
  7. You can also freeze the gnocchi if not use them immediately. Freeze them first on a floured or lined tray, then once frozen you can put them into a freezer bag for more easy storage.

30 comments:

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I mountain tortoise, first time see this...

Ice Pandora said...

Wow thank you so much for showing
this recipe, I have never taste
gnocci before so I'm not sure how
it would taste like. I think
'doughy' with potato flavor?

Xx

Little blue said...

How the taste?? Is a bit chewy? Hehe....I never eat before.

Angie Ng said...

这我也没看过更不用说吃了,其实我也很好奇它的味道,像面食类吗?

joceline lyn said...

口感如何呢? QQ还是 软呢?

May Law said...

这个好特别,不知是怎样的口味?

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

这个我有兴趣,感谢分享:)

Anne Regalado said...

I've eaten Barilla's gnocchi pasta before and it tastes like well , pasta :P Maybe because it's made from durum wheat instead of potato :D ... Looks easy to make ! Yours look like the real gnocchi ;D

Li Shuan said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe... Seems easy horr ..nice one!

Small Kucing said...

Chamm...I have no idea what is that...am really frog under the coconut shell. Lol

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

Sonia, you really put a lot of effort to learn new recipes, good on you. When i was studying in australia, i love to ewt gnocchi, but cant find good ones here. They are tasted too floury and chewy, totally disappointing. Look fwd to find out your gnocchi dish.

xing hui said...

Sonia, you are very 厉害。all the thinks u also can make. i very admire la... ha... ha...

Sissi said...

I love gnocchi and potato gnocchi are my favourite. Its seems that you have put a lot of work to create a perfect recipe and a fabulous result. Congratulations!

Sycookies said...

Loves it! It is not my favourite pasta, but I am rather intrique by it. And you make this sounds like I can try and make some...hmm...perhaps I'll try it. :)

Siew said...

thanks for sharing, this is new to me, will try it out one day.

Mel said...

Loves gnocchi and it is healthy to make at home. Yep, different potato have different texture. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jozelyn Ng said...

Never eat this before, heehee, anyway, it must be good! I am waiting for the pasta! Haha!

VineelaSiva said...

Wow nice dish.My favourite.Love to try.

Esther Lau said...

I love thing with potatoes, next time can try this lovely dumplings! :)

LEY said...

Sonia, you are a wonder women! I so admire u now, seems nothing you dont know to cook.

Good to know u :)

Lite Home Bake said...

Wow, these morsels look cute! You are amazing, hats off to your determination and effort to make so many types of food at home!

Mich Piece of Cake said...

These gnocchis look so good. I prefer the Russet potatoes for all my cooking as well.

Phong Hong said...

Sonia, I've tried this before but I think the restaurant didn't do it properly so I was not impressed. Maybe I should taste yours, yah?

divya said...

looks wonderful n tempting....

Edith C said...

I tasted awesome ones in Italy too but unfortunately the lady only speaks Italian and thus I wasn't able to learn from her.

Will be keen to try your recipe.

Angie Schneider said...

Haven't had any gnocchi in a long while..you did a fantastic job, Sonia.

cikmanggis said...

Oh rupanya tak susah nk bikin gnocchi.Apa kata jika sonia guna acuan kuih siput untuk mencorakkannys...hmmm menarik ;)

sasa said...

It is not easy to find a nice one
U are really good that can make it by yr own

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lena said...

bravo for making your own gnocchi! the last time i tried in aust i didnt find them light, they were nice to eat but quite floury...like eating meen fun kueh :)

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