Gnocchi Day

Potato skins and hashbrowns aren’t the only thing you can do with leftover baked potatoes people!  Little did you know, you could be making gnocchi!! 

The restaurant I work in always has a lot of leftover baked potatoes at the end of the night, so I grabbed some and took them home the other day! Usually I just use them to make hashbrowns in the morning, but I’ve never tried to make gnocchi before and I thought it would be a fun way to spend a cloudy, cold Saturday. 

 

The ingredient list is super simple:

2 pounds of baked potatoes

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 egg

salt and pepper

That’s it!  First, I used a food processor to mash the potatoes (because I don’t have a potato ricer) and then I dumped the processed potatoes onto a cookie sheet, but you can use any clean surface. 

An important note about this picture: these potatoes were not processed enough :P.  My first batch of gnocchi was still grainy.  But let’s just go with the flow and pretend I did this right…

Next whisk your egg and mix it just slightly into the potatoes.  Add salt and pepper and 1 cup of the flour.  Mix with your hands by folding it in half repeatedly without kneading or overworking the dough.  When the flour starts to incorporate add the last 1/2 cup of flour, and keep working the dough until it is smooth.  Just don’t go too crazy and or your gnocchi will come out tough!

That was my first batch.  Like I said, after I shaped these gnocchi and boiled them I realized the potatoes had not been mashed enough, so the gnocchis were grainy.  Since the dough was already a loss at this point, I went for broke and took a big risk by putting the dough into the food processor!  Normally, making gnocchi in a food processor would result in tough gnocchis, however, I had been super cautious and afraid of overworking the dough earlier, so I got this nice dough ball out of it!

When I rolled this out, the dough was much smoother.

Once you roll out a portion of the dough to a 1/2 inch, cut them into ~3/4 inch sections. 

At first I was trying to wing it, marking the gnocchi with a fork (yeah, that’s those little retarded guys directly above….), but then I looked up a video on YouTube and saw the real way to do it.  Here’s a helpful link.

I boiled these up and they were great!  I had a leftover pesto that I tossed them with. 

 Then I took these made over potatoes back to work for my dinner!

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