When I go to an Italian place for dinner, I scour the menu for gnocchi. I love it. While the gnocchi from the grocery store will do in a pinch, homemade is so much better. Also, the gnocchi from this recipe freezes well, so if you want to impress someone with a fab dinner on short notice- this is the key.
Time: 2 hrs
18 potatoes, scrubbed
13 1/3 c all-purpose flour
2 egg yolks
20 oz Parmesan, grated, plus more for serving
4 tablespoons mixed finely chopped herbs (equal parts basil, chives, and parsley- or you can get creative here)
|Vodka Cream Sauce:
4 Tbs butter
2 Tbs finely chopped shallots
2 Tbs vodka
2 Tbs heavy cream
14 oz canned or fresh ripe tomatoes
3 Tbs olive oil
6 fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water. Add salt and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the potatoes until they are tender, about 35 minutes. Drain the potatoes. When they are just cool enough to handle, peel them then pass them through a food mill or use a blender (immersion or regular).
- In a large bowl, mix the flour with the egg yolk, cheese and warm potatoes. Work the mixture until it becomes a smooth dough, then incorporate the herbs. Form the dough into 2 balls.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll each ball of dough into a ‘rope’ about 1/2-inch thick. Cut the ‘ropes’ into 3/4-inch pieces. Arrange the gnocchi on a lightly floured baking sheet. (You can freeze the gnocchi at this point and use straight from freezer.)
- Shortly before serving, bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so the water maintains an active simmer. Working in small batches, drop gnocchi into the water. Cook the gnocchi until they float 3 to 4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain fully in a colander/strainer.
Vodka Cream Sauce:
- Puree whole tomatoes without their liquid in a food mill/blender.
- Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the pureed tomatoes. Add the basil, season with salt and pepper and simmer, stirring frequently until the sauce is concentrated, about 25 minutes. Remove the basil, or don’t #youdoyou
- In a separate skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften. Add the vodka, cream, and tomato sauce, and simmer until the flavors blend, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Immediately before serving, add the gnocchi to the sauce and heat, stirring gently to coat. Spoon the gnocchi into warm bowls and serve.