Wednesday, November 7, 2007

3.5 Hours of Gnocchi

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.

12 comments:

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

O.k., you are one ambitious mama! I'm impressed. I get ambitious once and awhile too and decided to tackle something like homemade pasta... and after the entire afternoon is wasted and the entire kitchen is dusted with flour, I'm back to Kraft Dinner for awhile.

Oh, and LOVE the video. Beruit has a new fan. Thanks for the recommendation.

Elizabeth said...

Come back to visit and we will go to Grimaldi's again! We have a nice big apartment now, it even has a guest bathroom you can call your own.

I have converted Jeff into a gnocchi-eater because of this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/232095

It's different (no potato, really light and creamy and delicious), and I don't add leeks or serve it with beans, just tomato sauce. Delish!
Liz

The Dalai Mama said...

if: Yeah. It's going to be awhile before I make pasta again.(Well, unless I just have to try that recipe that elizabeth posted.) Sleek has been wanting me to make ravioli, though. I don't know...

liz: OMG! HI! I can't wait to come back and visit.

The Dalai Mama said...

Oh, and i.f., I'm glad you liked the video. I figured people would either think it is super-cool, or think that I'm some kind of freak!

SleekPelt said...

I'm with you on the Beirut, as you know, DM, and I've posted the video at RtN to try to help your cause. Obsess away!

olives and more said...

good job on the homemade gnocchi. I can't promise that i'll ever make it, 3.5 hours, wow! anyhow, saw the video on RtN and commented there. But i will download the album and listen to it on way to motown this weekend. also, if you guys want help raking leaves...i'll bring the beer

The Dalai Mama said...

olives: Bring it!

carrie said...

You are one brave woman to attempt home-made pasta. It's so conventient to buy it premade, that I don't think I'll ever be trying this one!! I have a friend that is Italian and her mother makes ravioli that is out of this world......maybe I can get her to give up her recipe so you can try it out on Sleek.

carrie said...

DM - this is totally unrelated to your gnocchi post, but a few weeks ago I'd posted about Chipotle Lime 2 Bean Hummus from ED&BV, and you had commented that you'd like to try it. Dreena's just posted it .

carrie said...

well, leave it to me, I messed up the hyperlink yet again....but you can still view the recipe by clicking on the period at the end of my post.......sorry, my HTML isn't that great!!!

Rebecca Burch said...

I love gnocchi!!!! My Aunt Bonnie (the Italian matriarch of the family) used to make it from scratch all the time. It's always been my favorite of all the heirloom recipes.

Know what? When I make it, I totally cheat. Try this recipe when you want gnocchi but don't want to spend all day making it:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-Gnocchi/Detail.aspx

Don't wince at the potato flakes... these are really good.

The Dalai Mama said...

carrie: Ohhhhhh, thanks. I'm going to try to make that hummus soon.

rebecca: I wouldn't be above cheating with the potato flakes!