Gnocchi di Patate (Potato Dumplings) with Davide Originale Sauce
1 jar Davide Originale Italian Tomato Sauce
Farina 300 g (Unbleached all purpose flour, about 11 oz.)
Patate 1 kg (Potatoes, about 2 lbs, scrubbed and rinsed, leave skins on. Try Yukon Gold potatoes)
1 Uova (1 large egg)
Reggiano Parmesan as needed.
Start boiling water to cook the gnocchi in an 8-10 quart pot. Remember to salt the water.
In a separate pot, boil the potatoes.
Boil the potatoes with skins on in salted water. Remove. Peel.
Pass through a potato ricer onto clean, floured work area and spread while warm.
Add flour and a pinch of salt. Mix and knead until you have a smooth dough. Add the egg, mix and knead again.
When all the the lumps are gone in the dough, divide the dough into several portions and roll each piece into a long strip of dough, about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut dough into bite-size pieces.
Roll each piece on a fork with your fingers to add ridges to the dumpling if you wish. You can also use a small paddle with groves called a "rigapasta."
Add dumplings to pot of salted, boiling water. When they float, they are cooked. (Careful not to overcook).
Pour the Davide Sauce into a large serving bowl. Remove the cooked gnocchi with a skimmer or strainer and place into the bowl. Mix gently.
Portion, top with Reggiano Parmesan, and serve.
Homemade gnocchi are a true Italian classic. There is no doubt that a fresh made, tender gnocchi that melts in your mouth is far superrior to tough, commercial varieties. Davide Sauce goes perfect with gnocchi. Once you learn to make this dish, you will have a meal that is pure, simple and satisfying that will provide a lifetime of healthy enjoyment. Gnocchi are fun to make and making them with children can be a story to be told for generations. You can always use sweet potatoes as well. Some like to blend some ricotta cheese in with the potatoes and for the above recipe it would be about 2/3 cup. Have fun and don't worry if they are not perfect the first time! You will become a great gnocchi maker sooner than you may realize!