When Marco Canora was the chef de cuisine 10 years ago at Tom Colicchio's now flagship restaurant Craft, his gnocchi were described by then New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes as "eye-rolling pleasure bombs" in his three-star review.
This past week, current Times critic Sam Sifton re-reviewed Craft citing the gnocchi as "the same butter-laden pleasure bombs Mr. Grimes raved about in 2001."
While Marco Canora has moved on, becoming the executive chef of his own restaurants - Hearth and Terroir - as well as the author of the James Beard-nominated cookbook "Salt to Taste," his gnocchi legacy carries on.
Serves 4 to 6
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My family didn't have the gnocchi tradition- in fact, I didn't even know what Gnocchi were until I was an adult- I've had some excellent gnocchi at a few restaurants, so I think it's high time I tried to make them myself- Chef Canora's tips seem invaluable to someone trying to get off to a good start, thanks!
I had the good fortune of living in Northern Italy (Friuli) for 4 glorious years. My landlord was – aside from a wonderful human being – retired after 40 years as a cook in a mensa (a cafeteria-type restaurant that feeds large numbers of people lunch – usually local workers). She taught me how to make gnocchi in her kitchen, and it was delicious! The two ingredients she used that are missing from this reciep are freshly grated noce moscata (nutmeg) and a splash of grappa! Try it, coupled with a simple ragu, insalata mista, cab, and good friends/family! Buon Appetito!!!!
Gnocchi is one of my favourite Italian foods. I make a super-simple version, that I'm sure is not as tasty as these but does work in a pinch: 1 carton of ricotta cheese + 1 cup of flour. Mix it all together, roll out into the ropes, chop 'em up, boil 'em and add your sauce. Still pretty delish!
Thanks for this info. I used to watch and help my Nona make these scrumptious things but she always "gnocced" them. After she'd cut them into little bits we would kinda roll a little pocket of air into them using our two fingers how come you didn't do this or is this just for tough dough??
I agree with your rendition to make a little indentation, or even, like my grandma did, to roll a fork gently over the surface as I taught my kids in cooking class here in Romania to do. It makes for a nice bite. We also made pumpkin gnocchi and ricotta and herb gnocchi.
Gnocchi recipes always say to cook the gnocchi until they float, just 2-3 minutes, but I respectfully disagree. For one thing, they start to float almost immediately in a rolling boil, well before they are properly cooked. I like to boil mine longer. I can't say precisely how much longer, but it's longer than 2-3 minutes. I decide by taste testing. I'm not going for light little airy pillow things. I like my gnocchi to be denser and have some tooth to them, more like al dente pasta.
I boil my potatoes and mash them after they have cooled in the fridge with minimal egg but enough flour to keep the dough manageable and not too sticky. Never forget to add ground nutmeg to the potato dough. I then roll a handful at a time into ropes before cutting them into bite-sized pieces and dropping them into boiling water. I then put them in a baking dish with melted butter and shredded fontina and bake until the dish develops those wonderful brown spots that make you ache to eat them. I got my recipe from a wonderful Italian recipe book, with my only deviation being the boiling time of the gnocchi. If you are fussy about carbs or calories, this isn't for you, but potatoes are a lot more nutritious than many people think and the result is to delicious you can give up the diet for one meal.
Gnocchi is a labor intensive dish, for when you have a few hours to devote to rolling and cutting and boiling. It's so worth it. In fact, I might dedicate next Sunday to making gnocchi. It's been too long.
Well, that is YOUR recipe for all to enjoy. The article was about another person's recipe. Recipes are not for us to agree on or disagree. You do it THIS way, I do it THAT way. It's all good.....
You are not supposed to drop them in rolling boiling water. Also, the reason why you dont want your gnocchi dense is because it limits what you could fill them with. You dont want a dense gnocchi with a dense filling – does not make for a good combo.
These potato pillows would be perfect for backpackers. Providing comfort for your head as you sleep, totally biodegradable, and a great snack without getting up in the middle of the night.
Chef Michael Chiarello from Napa, California has a gnocchi recipe that rocks...best I ever made.
eye rolling pleasure bombs
They're real and they're spectacular!
Teri, is that YOU??
I am sorry Sue :) but your grandmother's gnocchi could not have been better than my mother's.......my mother has been making them for 102 YEARS, yes she is 102 !!!!!!!! and she still makes them , the older she gets the better they come out......light and fluffy like elisabetha says!!!!! I've been meaning to make of video of her making them.....but haven't yet.....I was going to send a video to the cooking channel once. And the sauce she makes to go with them is also to die for. Anybody that wants the recipe can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
She started making gnocchi as soon as she was born?
That's clearly an overexaggeration. The only thing your mom was making 100 years ago was a boom-boom in her diapers.
Frank, of COURSE this is an over exaggeration, but I CAN see her Grandma 'helping' in the kitchen by the time she's two years old... therefore the statement off by a measly two years. Too picky, Bro! OH, I am immediately e-mailing for this recipe too! I absolutely agree with including the nutmeg as an essential ingredient! I hope the video of Grandma gets made quickly as she is no longer a Spring Chicken. I can't WAIT to see a master Gnocchi maker in action!
sounds great so lets have the recipe...thanks
Too bad potatoes are one of the worst foods you can eat unless you are in tip top shape. Nothing but sugar and lots of it. More in one plain baked potato then in a straight teaspoon of sugar. It also spikes your blood sugar level almost as fast as possible which is never good.
Skip the spuds and find something else.
Superfoodie: or eat it before a long day of hiking, when some simple carbs are okay.... It's all a balancing act.
Oh you silly superfoodie you – don't you know lide is too short to worry about eating a bit of fine potato?
That's all right. More for the rest of us.
To SuperFoodie, aka Safety Joe: Be brave. Take risks. Jump over a puddle once in a while, and you will discover that the world is full of risks:)
OMG...get a life and a sense of humor.
Food is not medicine. Life is not a final exam. Enjoying both is not a sin.
Maybe people need to educate themselves on the nutritional value of potatoes before they make fools of themselves. To equate a potato with granulated sugar is lunacy.
Yes, but the green bean gnocchi are just plain stupid.
You must factor in fiber and nutrients before coming to drastic conclusions such as this. The lowly potato is chock full of good stuff too!
You can skip the potatoes and then they become Cavatelli. Also, these are made with rolling a small indentation with your finger. different pasta but equally as good.
Maybe you will find a brain in your search.
Always wanted to try making these-thanks for the recipe & instructions!
I would love to find a recipe for my grandmother's gnocchi. My grandmother was from udine, Italy, and made the best gnocchi I have ever eaten. When I was very young, she used potatoes and flour like the recipe here. Later, probably in the mid to late 1970's, she started using instant potatoes – I assume instant mashed potatoes. I cannot tell you how wonderful the gnocchi were after the switch. It was still an art and there was never a written recipe. Unfortunately I was not interested in cooking at that time and did not learn. I still have never had gnocchi like those since my grandmother passed away in the 80's.
I am from Udine, Italy and I now reside in the US. The recipe for the gnocchi is slghtly different than the recipe printed here. The potapoes are boiled then riced; their texture is much lighter and fluffy. Let me know if you want the instructions.
Elisabetta, I would love to see your recipe. My best friend uses his grandmothers recipe from San Marino.
I'd love to have a great recipe to finally have a gnocchi cook off with him. ;-)
Please send instructions for your Gnocchi
You can watch Marco prepare them here http://ozersky.tv/2010/09/maro-canora-gnocci-hearth/
Invaluable. Thank you.
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