Homemade gnocchi. Seriously yummy. And seriously easy! Don’t be intimidated by the marking process, you can even completely skip that part if you want. And I know what you’re thinking… “Holly, how can I possibly focus on learning how to make gnocchi when I am so distracted by your gorgeous green fake marble counter tops?!” I know, I know, but just try.
2 1/2 lbs russet potatoes (about 5 large)
2 egg yolks
1 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups flour
Place potatoes, unpeeled, in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
Boil for 20-30 minutes, or until easily pierced with a paring knife. (Alternatively, you could bake or steam them as well, you just need them cooked through.)
Let cool enough to handle, then peel with a knife and pass through a potato ricer. (If you don’t have one you could use a fork or push through a fine sieve. You just don’t want any lumps.)
Lightly beat egg yolks with oil and add to potatoes.
Sprinkle with flour and stir in with a wooden spoon, just until somewhat incorporated.
Use your hands to gently knead until it comes together in a soft dough. Don’t overwork the dough.
Divide dough into 4 parts, and on a lightly floured counter top, roll into a 3/4 inch thick rope.
Cut into 3/4 to 1 inch sections. If you’re using a gnocchi paddle, roll one piece at a time down the ridges..
folding the gnocchi onto itself to make a U shape.
Use same technique if using a fork to mark gnocchi. (This is optional, you can just leave them in the little pieces, but the grooves and U shape help them hold sauce better… and they look pretty.) : )
As you finish each piece, lay out on a lightly floured cookie sheet or tea towel.
TO FREEZE: At this point you can lay single layer on a baking sheet or tray in the freezer and after frozen, about an hour or two, put all together in a zip lock in the freezer. Boil straight from freezer.
TO COOK: Bring a medium to large pot of salted water to a boil and add a couple hand fulls of gnocchi at a time. They are done when they float, which should only take 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and either serve as is with sauce of choice, or saute in butter or olive oil with some herbs, etc.