Its Memorial Day weekend and how do I want to unwind Friday night? I want to make my first homemade gnocchi!I know Certain Someone and I should be watching it, but its a long weekend. Were sick of limitations.Cant we have a little treat? I figure at least its all homemade and fresh.I used half whole wheat flour in the gnocchi and a bunch of fresh spinach and potatoes from the vegetable box. Certain Someone being German loves potato dumplings and I failed miserably trying to make him some once. These are essentially the same thing and I was very successful. Gnocchi are relatively easy but a little time consuming. With about 45 minutes organized prep while the chicken roasts,and a quick boil, you have your dinner ready in about 1 and 15 minutes max! I had so much left over gnocchi I put them in the freezer for another date. I used the recipe from The Silver Spoon by Phaidon. As the gnocchi boiled, I took my roasted chicken out lightly seasoned with salt and pepper,and deglazed it on the stove top with some sherry. Then I added some pesto and the cooked gnocchi. A careful toss, and you have a great meal. The gnocchi was soft and wonderful. Not chewy and hard as I was fearing. The Certain Someone meter rating was... 2 servings!
Potato and Spinach Gnocchi adapted by Coco Cooks from The Silver Spoon ,Phaidon
Gnocchi di Patate e Spinaci
1 1/2 lbs spinach
1 3/4 lbs flour I used half whole wheat and half all purpose
1 1/2 lbs potatoes
2 egg yolks I used 1 whole egg and 1 yolk
Wash,peel,and boil potatoes for 25 minutes in lightly salted water.Cook washed spinach in just the water that clings to it. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Chop. I used my Kitchen Aid and ran the cooked potatoes and spinach through the food grinder. Combine spinach, potatoes,and flour.Add egg and salt.Knead for a few minutes. Shape the dough in several long rolls about 1/4 inch in diameter.Cut into 3/4 pieces and press against a fork or the underside of a grater. Dust lightly with flour. Add gnocchi a few pieces at a time and boil in lightly salted water. Remove with a slotted spoon as they rise to the waters surface. Drain and toss with the pan roasted chicken , pesto, and its juices.