How to Make Gnocchi like an Italian Grandmother Recipe
The other night I took delivery of two huge, fragrant garbage bags full of basil thanks to Julia of Mariquita Farms. I gave half of it away at my book signing, the other half we plucked and pureed into a grassy, green pesto. Earlier this year a friend came to visit from Genoa Italy, her mom taught us her homemade gnocchi recipe. I posted about the pesto we made to go with it earlier in the year, and as promised this post is the gnocchi how-to followup. The basil delivery was exactly the inspiration I was waiting for.... Gnocchi recipes aren't for the faint of heart. The platter of petite, potato pillows coated with glistening flecks of basil pesto that Francesca's mother made was beautiful. So in the version below, I incorporate just enough egg to act as a bit of a binder. If you are committed to trying the eggless version, try this version first. the next time around use half the egg, and the time after that go for no egg. So, here it is - the long awaited gnocchi recipe. Serves six.
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