As a gluten free girl who doesn’t want to give up the gluten-full world I decided to conquer my fears and make my own gnocchi. There are several recipes out there but they all, essentially have the same main ingredients: Flour, Potatoes, and eggs. Who doesn’t have those things already in the house?
No grocery trip needed for a warm comfort food hug from homemade gnocchi.
I have illustrated the step by step process to make it easy for you. Trust me, this is no sweat!
First, peel 2 potatoes: russet work best, but don’t let that stop you if you only have Yukon gold, red, or sweet potatoes on hand. Put the whole potatoes in a pot of cool water and bring to boil and let the potatoes boil for 15-20 minutes (keep testing them with a fork. You want the fork to slide easily to the middle of the potato).
Next, let the potato cool so you can handle it. During this step you need to shred your potatoes. Some recipes suggest you use a ricer, and they are a fabulous tool, but I don’t have one handy at my house so I used my cheese grater (the fancy shred side).
Now it’s time to transfer all your ingredients to a bowl: 2 cups shredded potatoes, 2 cups gluten free flour blend (I love the Pillsbury Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend, so that is what I used), 2 eggs (beaten), and a punch of salt (about 1/2 tsp.).
***This recipe can be easily converted to the gluten-full world by swapping out the gluten free flour for regular all purpose flour.
Okay, time to whip out the best cooking tools money CAN’T buy: Your Hands! Mix all ingredients together until the dough forms a ball. Once you form a large ball cut into 4 equal pieces. Now divide each 1/4 into 1/4. So you end up working with 1/8th of the dough at a time. This just makes things easier. You will have to trust me.
As you can see here I have taken each 1/8th piece and rolled it out to about 1/2″ diameter. Your rolls won’t be exactly the same size because we are making food here not the space shuttle, so don’t sweat the oddities. It’s all going to taste amazing and you are going to look like a pro.
Almost there…Cut 1/2″ pieces from the rolled out dough. Remember you will end up with 8 rolled out pieces of dough. It will make enough to serve 4 people.
How to make them look pretty. You can buy a fancy tool like this one on Amazon to make the markings on your gnocchi or you can use a fork like I did: Just press the fork into each gnocchi until you reached your desired markings. You don’t even need to mark them, but the grooves make all of your delicious sauces of choice stick better.
Final step is to boil these babies:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Put the gnocchi in boiling water for 3-5 minutes (they will rise to the top). Mine took 4 minutes to cook, but every stove is different. Maine sure you taste test one before you strain all of them from the water.
Here is your final product. Be proud and enjoy with your favorite past sauce or just sauté them with browned butter and fresh sage. Yum!