(As Featured in Mar2014 Nourish Magazine) These Simple Potato Gnocchi are easy to make and taste great with a variety of sweet and savoury toppings. Made with only 3 basic ingredients.
Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant I check if they have gnocchi on the menu, because they remind me of a childhood favourite called kopytka – a Polish version of these potato dumplings of sorts that my Mum used to make. And I always make sure to ask if they are pan-fried as well, because that’s when they become irresistible.
I sincerely believe they taste better in bite-size pieces and twice cooked: boiled in water, then quickly pan-fried in butter and olive oil. Their skin turns golden brown and crispy, while the centre stays soft and spongy. Great for mopping up savoury or sweet toppings and sauces!
The quickest Gnocchi shape to make is the pillow shape. Simply roll out a log of dough and cut into bite-sized pieces with a knife. To get a slightly more fancy, ribbed look, press your pillow Gnocchi down with a fork gently. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, go for the more traditional round shape with a thumbprint in the middle.
My favourite way of serving Gnocchi, no matter what shape, is with a spring vegetable carbonara sauce. It takes a few minutes to prepare and is incredibly moreish. And isn’t it pretty? Plus kids love them too! Other toppings you might like to try is a Chorizo Bolognaise, Pine Mushrooms + Asparagus and these sweet options as well…
Sweet cinnamon crumb topping:
Combine 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a pan. Add cinnamon breadcrumbs and fry over low heat until golden and crunchy. Drizzle over your gnocchi and sprinkle with a little sugar if you like.
Blueberries, lemon sugar and pepper topping:
Sprinkle gnocchi with a handful of blueberries, a little sugar and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
And there you have it, perfect little pillows of goodness. You can keep cooked gnocchi in the fridge for 3 to 4 days without spoiling. Reheat in a fry pan.