As defined by Webster’s dictionary, gnocchi (pronounced nyawk-kee) is a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour or a combination of these ingredients – in my family we call them heavenly pillows of love!
My family loves these light, fluffy, pasta pillows complete with little ridges designed to grab and hold your sauce for delicious explosions of flavor with each bite. They are terrific as a side dish or add some vegetables, chicken or shrimp and you have a wonderful, quick main dish. I used to buy my gnocchi at the local Italian specialty shop until I realized how quick (and fun) they are to make from scratch. I make a couple of batches every few weeks, freeze them and have gnocchi at the ready any time I need it! These are great to make with the kids too, they love to roll the logs and make the ridges.
Here is my recipe. The one trick is you need to work with the potatoes while they are hot. I hope you give these little treasures a try! ~Maria~
They are not perfectly shaped, but that makes them all the more charming in my opinion. If you wish to freeze the gnocchi, lay them on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper being sure not to overlap. Freeze until firm. Remove from the cookie sheet and store in a freezer bag. When you are ready to cook them, drop in boiling water right out of the freezer and cook until they float to the top (approximately 3 minutes).