In honor of GG who just passed away at the age of 88, I wanted to bring an old blog and recipe out. GG (to 10 great grandkids!) was passionate about family and food. I hope you enjoy. In her honor...
I married into an Italian family. My husbands Grandma is pure blood Italian while Grandpa was pure blood Croatian his family being from Yugoslavia. The thing I am discovering is Italians love to eat and nothing makes Grandma happier than cooking for you and watching you enjoy just how tasty it is. The food is the main event and life flows from meal to meal. So while we have been on our holiday in the NorthWest we thought it would be a great time to get a cooking lesson from the Italian cook herself. Grandma taught us one of Matt's very favorites, homemade Gnocchi.
2 1/2 Cups Instant mashed Potato buds (You can also use real mashed potatoes)
1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water
1 1/4 Cups Flour
1/2 teas. salt
Mix Instant mashed potato with hot water using a fork (if using real mashed potatoes disregard adding water).
Let potato mixture cool, add salt, make a 'well' in the center of the potatoes and add egg, continue to mix with fork. Mixture will look lumpy.
Slowly add flour kneading together to gain consistency of a pliable dough. Lightly knead for a few minutes.
Take 'golf ball' size amount of dough. Roll out (with hands) to a long thin 'snake' shape about a half inch thick. Cut into half inch pieces. Roll piece over fork (or wooden gnocchi paddle) and set on lightly floured surface.
Add a few gnocchis to boiling water. If they fall apart you need more flour. Of course taste test and if desired texture continue making.
Serve with yummy homemade Italian sauce (We didn't get to learn that 5 hour long process) or even butter with Parmesan cheese.
Give it a go! Let me know how yours turn out and how you serve them.
As Grandma would say, "Mangia, Mangia!" ("eat, eat!").
When asking grandma why the lines were necessary she responded, “It makes them more classy.”