Make Perfect Gnocchi at Home
July 10, 2013
It is easier to master a process when you have an expert coach on hand to guide and assist you. A demonstration, a hands on lesson and advice from a chef on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has made all the difference in the world to my gnocchi. Not surprising really is it !? This is another recipe from our Italy trip and stay at La Cucina del Gusto cooking school with Chef Carmen. Despite what you may think, gnocchi is not time consuming to make and not tricky. It is actually very simple and is a quick, low cost dinner. For my family I make two batches using the recipe below and have it completed in just under one hour.
I have been making all of the Italian recipes we learned often since we returned. This one is probably to children’s favorite.
I like it as it is the perfect meal to make when there is not much in the fridge. With just a few ingredients it is complete.
Most of the recipes we learned to cook during our stay were classic Italian recipes – pizza, ravioli, gnocchi and some seafood dishes. It was fabulous to learn how each of these are actually made by an Italian chef. I had previously made pizza, ravioli and gnocchi but not like the Italians do. I came home armed with a whole collection of tips that make the world of difference to the meal you create.
These are the tips I learned to make perfect gnocchi :
Here is the recipe for that perfect gnocchi. The recipe has been modified slightly, it is the recipe Chef Carmen taught us at La Cucina del Gusto Cooking School
Sorrento style sauce is tomato, basil, mozzarella and parmesan
We were taught that the way to assemble this dish to serve is to make the sauce, add the gnocchi and some mozzarella to the pan. Top with parmesan and bake for 15 min. I have been making it in a pan, either way is perfectly perfect.
I published a recipe for gnocchi awhile ago. There is nothing wrong with that recipe, it works well but the techniques below make even better gnocchi! Plus my original one had a sauce that really lacked the simplicity of Italian cooking. Perfectly light puffy little pillows of potato. Easy! Give it a go. I am sure you will be hooked too.
Have you ever been shown a better way to make something you have previously made?
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