Gnocchi a la Parisienne: French Fridays with Dorie
I waited until last minute and made my gnocchi dish for dinner tonight. I expected it to be a french version of mac n cheese. I've never been a huge fan of gnocchi ... they're just OK in my book ... kinda slimy! :) BUT my husband loves gnocchi and sometimes orders it when we go out to eat at Italian restaurants.
Hubby lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a couple of years and the Argentines have not just one official gnocchi day in a year, but TWELVE official gnocchi days!! On the 29th of every month, they figure it is the poorest day of the month because it's the day before payday. Gnocchi is cheap, but filling, so everyone enjoys gnocchi with hopes of prosperity. One peso coin (or one penny) is placed under each plate while eating. Hubby says the gnocchi that he ate while in Argentina was made with a potato dough and usually topped with a marinara type sauce.
I found the gnocchi dish to be very time consuming and I ended up with a lot of dirty pots by the time I was done. My sauce was too thick, so I added some more whole milk. If I were to make it again, I'd reduce the amount of flour in the sauce. Two members of my family said the finished product reminded them of scrambled eggs. I have to say that I kinda agree. My three yr old son is my best eater and he kept eating, and eating, and eating tonight. I made green beans (with some garlic, onion, & tomatoes) to go with the gnocchi dish ... a nice crusty bread would've also been nice.
P.S. I started making my gnocchi using the spoon method. Too slow. I then dumped all the dough into a Ziploc bag, cut one edge, and with scissors, cut piece of dough over the pot of boiling water. Much faster & easier!! And no clean-up if you use a Ziploc bag rather than a pastry bag. :)