Whew! Yesterday, I decided to make homemade gnocchi. I've wanted to do it forever, and I did. The recipe looked simple enough. (Which it was.) However, I didn't realize it would be a 3.5 hour deal. I used the recipe from VWaV. The mixing up the dough went just fine. It was the rolling into ropes, cutting and rolling with a fork that took forever. It made so much gnocchi that I was able to freeze half of it for later.
I didn't want to just eat the gnocchi with a marinara sauce. So, I sauteed some garlic and a bunch of spinach in some oil and Earth Balance. After the gnocchi was boiled, I added it to the skillet. In VWaV, it is recommended that once the gnocchi is boiled, it should be sauced right away. So, most of it I added to the skillet, but for the kids I put some aside for them to dip in marinara. I have to say, I think it's much better if it sits a while before saucing. It gets a chewier texture, which I like more than the soft texture. So, it turned out very well in the end. Next time I make it, I'm going to cut it smaller. It would also be a good thing to make on a weekend and just freeze it all instead of worrying about completing a dinner after 3.5 hours of work! I also made the garlic-toasted Brussel sprouts from VWaV. Very, very garlicky and good.
Oh, and my daughter is a very picky eater. She loved the gnocchi, and even asked me to pack some leftovers in her school-lunch today. Now that I consider a success!
So, on Monday I downloaded the new Beirut album, "The Flying Club Cup". It is AWESOME. I know you all are probably tired of my going on and on about Beirut. Please, please, please watch this video. Pretty please? It's one of the best things I've ever seen. I really feel an obsession coming on here, folks. Bear with me.