Gnocchi, the Italian potato-based pasta, is a classic, tasty dish that is easy to prepare. If you’ve never cooked gnocchi before, you’re in luck! We’ve got the lowdown on how to cook gnocchi like a pro.
What You’ll Need
Before you can start cooking, you’ll need to gather all of the ingredients. You’ll need:
- 2 pounds of potatoes
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of flour
Preparing the Potatoes
First, you’ll need to prepare the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a pot of cold water, and bring the water to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and let the potatoes cool for a few minutes. Then, peel the potatoes and mash them with a fork. Make sure there are no lumps in the potatoes.
Making the Dough
Once the potatoes are mashed, it’s time to make the dough. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the egg yolks, salt, and flour. Mix the ingredients together until the dough is firm.
If the dough is too dry, add a little bit of water. If the dough is too wet, add a little bit of flour. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
Rolling and Cutting the Gnocchi
Now that the dough is ready, it’s time to roll and cut the gnocchi. Divide the dough into four sections and roll each section into a long rope about ¾-inch thick.
Cut the rope into 1-inch pieces. You should have about 40 pieces of gnocchi. Roll each piece of gnocchi on a gnocchi board or the back of a fork. This will give the gnocchi its signature ridges.
Cooking the Gnocchi
Once the gnocchi is rolled and cut, it’s time to cook! Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook for about three minutes or until the gnocchi is cooked through.
The gnocchi is ready when it is floating on the top of the water. Drain the gnocchi and toss with your favorite sauce.
Serving the Gnocchi
Gnocchi can be served as a main course or as a side dish. If you’re serving it as a main course, top with your favorite sauce and some freshly grated parmesan cheese.
If you’re serving it as a side dish, you can toss the gnocchi with some olive oil and fresh herbs. No matter how you serve it, your family is sure to love it.
Tips and Tricks
When cooking the gnocchi, be sure to add the gnocchi to the boiling water one at a time. This will ensure that the gnocchi cooks evenly.
Also, if you want to make the gnocchi ahead of time, you can freeze the uncooked gnocchi on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer the gnocchi to a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to cook the gnocchi, just add the frozen gnocchi to the boiling water.
Cooking gnocchi is a fun and easy way to make a delicious Italian meal. With a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can cook gnocchi like a pro. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a delicious dinner, give gnocchi a try. Who knows, maybe you’ll become the Gnocchi Master of your kitchen!
“Been cookin’ up a storm just so I can learn how to gnocchi, I’m gonna get it right this time!” – Beyoncé, 2021.