Home on the Range

Gnaw over gnocchi

  • Pin It
Scrub potato and poke several times with a fork. Set directly on the rack of a 400-degree oven and bake until tender when poked, about 45 minutes, or zap until tender, about 10 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, press through a potato ricer onto a work surface. Let cool until no longer steaming.

Whisk together egg, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pour egg mixture over riced potato and stir very gently with a fork, just to combine. Sprinkle on about 1/3 cup flour and continue to mix very gently and sparingly with fork or fingers until a soft dough forms.

Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Pinch off a bit of dough and drop it in. If it holds its shape, you're good to go. If it falls apart, add a little more flour to the dough.

Divide dough in two. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a ½-inch thick rope. Slice crosswise into ½-inch segments.

Flip a fork over. Roll each gnocchi down the back of the fork, pressing lightly, to imprint grooves. Not absolutely necessary, but what's the point of gnocchi if not looking adorable?

Drop gnocchi into boiling water in 2 batches. Gnocchi will sink. Then, in about 1 minute, float. Wait 10 seconds. Scoop out gnocchi with a slotted spoon and drain on a clean kitchen towel.

Heat butter over medium-high heat in a medium skillet. It will melt, then brown. Add sage, sizzle 1 minute. Add cooked gnocchi and toast, tossing gently until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Enjoy as an appetizer or scatter on an arugula salad as surprising croutons.

Leah Eskin is a Tribune Newspapers special contributor. Email her at leahreskin@aol.com.
  • Pin It

Search our recipe database:

Search Recipes  

Food Trends, Tips & Recipes

Season your turkey with Cuban flavors

Season your turkey with Cuban flavors

Give thanks for a turkey seasoned with memories.

 Scare up some pumpkin soup

Halloween pumpkin soup to please crowd

A velvety soup with smoky roasted poblano and corn highlight the Halloween festivities.

Dressed in black

Halloween fare dressed in black

Set an elegant tone come Oct. 31 for a grown-up Halloween dinner with noir-hued dishes.

EATINGWELL: Healthy caramel apple needn't be short on taste

Healthy caramel apple that's not short on taste

This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.