Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Cheese

American chefs are busy riffing on this Italian classic. Here, F&W's Grace Parisi shares a traditional recipe with three tasty variations: Carrot-Potato Gnocchi, Roasted Garlic-Potato Gnocchi and Rye-Potato Gnocchi.

Recipe from Food & Wine
Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Cheese
Frances Janisch
SERVINGS
4 to 6
PREP TIME
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
1 hr 30 mins
by 1  person
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Ingredients
  • 2   pounds baking potatoes (about 4)
  • 2   large egg yolks
  •  Salt
  • 1/2  cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4   tablespoons unsalted butter
  •  Freshly ground black pepper
  •  Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
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Directions
1. 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork. Bake in a microwave oven at high power for 10 minutes, then flip the potatoes and microwave for 5 minutes longer. Transfer the potatoes to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Alternatively, bake the potatoes in the oven for about 1 hour, until tender.
2. 
Halve the potatoes. Scoop the flesh into a ricer and rice the potatoes. Transfer 2 slightly packed cups of riced potatoes to a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the 1/2 cup of flour; stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead the dough gently until smooth but slightly sticky.
3. 
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and dust with flour. On a floured surface, cut the dough into 4 pieces, rolling each into a 3/4-inch-thick rope. Cut the ropes into 3/4-inch pieces. Roll each piece against the tines of a fork to make ridges; transfer to the baking sheet.
4. 
In a large, deep skillet of simmering salted water, cook the gnocchi until they rise to the surface, then simmer for 2 minutes longer. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Using a slotted spoon, add the gnocchi to the butter. Season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat for 1 minute. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.
MAKE AHEAD:
1. 
The uncooked gnocchi pieces can be frozen on the prepared baking sheet, then transferred to a resealable plastic bag and frozen for up to 1 month. Boil without defrosting.
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