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Prepare the Potatoes
There are many versions of gnocchi. Depending on what part of Italy you are in, the ratio of flour-to-potatoes will vary greatly. Some recipes use eggs, some do not.
For this version of gnocchi, we used the following ingredients:
- 2 pounds russet potatoes
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
First, preheat your oven to 350 F. Bake potatoes until easily pierced with a fork (about 45 minutes). You can also boil the potatoes, but baking creates a drier dough and a lighter, fluffier gnocchi. Let the potatoes cool slightly, then peel.
Pass the potatoes through a ricer or grate them into a large bowl.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Add the Flour and Egg
Add the egg (slightly beaten) to the potatoes. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Add the flour to the potatoes a little at a time, mixing well with a wooden spoon. Add just enough flour so that the dough doesn't stick to your hands.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Knead the Dough
When all the flour has been incorporated, bring the dough together with your fingertips.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough as you would bread dough. Press down and away with the heel of your hand, fold the dough over, make a quarter turn, and repeat the process.
Knead for about 5 minutes.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Form a BallForm the dough into a ball and then divide it into 6 smaller balls.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Roll out the Dough
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough using your fingertips. The rope of dough should be about 3/4-inch thick.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Cut the Gnocchi
Cut the dough into 1-inch pieces.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Marking the Gnocchi
You can cook the gnocchi as it is now, but traditional gnocchi has ridges. To create the ridges, press each piece of dough against the tines of a fork or on a gnocchi board.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Rolling the Gnocchi
With your finger, gently roll the pressed dough back off the fork. This takes a little practice. If you find the dough sticking to the fork, dip the fork in flour before you press the dough against it.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Cooking the Gnocchi
Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a lightly floured dish.
To cook the gnocchi, place the dough into a pot of boiling water. After a few minutes, the gnocchi will float to the top. Continue to cook for one minute then remove and set aside.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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