Who doesn’t love gnocchi? There is something just so wholesome about the little balls of potato-pasta goodness! If you have been buying your gnocchi ready-made from the store, it might be time to learn how to make your own at home! Making gnocchi might sound tricky, but it is a fairly easy process.
You start with some potatoes, egg, flour, and salt, and have some fun kneading, cutting, and shaping before boiling or frying!
Here is a homemade potato gnocchi recipe for you to try at home!
(for 2 servings)
- 4 russet potatoes
- Pinch of salt (plus a little more for the water)
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (plus some extra to dust)
- Add the potatoes to a large pot of cool water, which has been salted. Bring the water to a boil and allow the potatoes to cook for 25 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the potato with a fork.
- Drain the potatoes and set them aside until they are cool enough to handle.
- Once the potatoes are cooled, but still slightly warm, use your fingers to remove the skin. Place the potatoes into a medium bowl and mash them until all the lumps are gone. Add in salt and pepper and mix it all together well.
- Make a well in the centre of the mashed potatoes and crack the egg into the well. Whisk the eggs quickly and then use your hands to mix the egg into the potatoes.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of flour onto a clean flat surface and place the potato dough onto it. Work quickly and carefully, kneading the dough, incorporating as much flour into the dough as you need, until it stops being sticky, and becomes more solid. Keep the extra ½ cup of flour close in case you need to use it.
- Roll out 1 part of the dough into a long rope, keeping it around 1-inch wide. Cut this in half and work with 1 half at a time if it becomes too long.
- Slice the rope into ½-inch pieces and set these aside on a lightly floured surface. Repeat this for all the remaining dough.
- Place a fork on the work surface and slide each gnocchi piece from the base of the fork to the top, to give it a decorative shape.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi in batch by batch, stirring once or twice to make sure the pieces are not sticking. Boil the gnocchi until they float to the surface, and remove them 15-30 seconds after this.
You can then add the gnocchi to your favourite sauce, such as Bolognese or blue-cheese, or you could fry the gnocchi.
A popular way to do this is to heat a pan over medium heat and melt 2 tablespoons of butter, adding in a sage leaf. Add in the gnocchi and fry them until slightly golden. Serve warm!