Famous throughout the world, potato gnocchi are easy to make and can be served with a wide variety of sauces.
- 3 ½ oz all-purpose flour
- 1 lb potatoes
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ oz butter
- 2 oz grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- salt to taste
Place potatoes in a pot and completely cover with cold salted water, stopping when the water is 1 inch in above the potatoes.
Bring to a boil and simmer until tender (or when a knife entres easily), about 50 minutes.
Let cool until they can be handled.
Peel and put them through a ricer or food mill.
Combine hot peeled potatoes with flour, egg and salt.
Turn dough out onto a floured cutting board and cut into 3 portions.
Gently roll each portion into a long log about 3/4 inch thick.
Cut each log into 3/4-inch pieces with a floured knife.
Press a piece of dough against tines of a floured fork, and push with a floured thumb in a forward motion toward end of tines, letting gnocchi fall from fork onto a floured kitchen towel.
Repeat with remaining pieces of dough.
The gnocchi should be cooked in salted water, well drained, then dressed with a generous helping of butter and Parmesan cheese.
Add (to taste) tomato sauce or even better still, fresh cherry tomatoes browned in butter.
Hand-made potato gnocchi cook very quickly: they should be boiled in salted water and removed just as soon as they rise to the top of the pot.