Asparagus stuffed Gnocchi


makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. potatoes (russets work well)
2/3 lb. asparagus (the thinner the better)
1/2 lb. flour, and more for dusting
2 egg yolks
Freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground pepper (optional - not in original)
3/4 stick of butter (and/or olive oil)
Aromatic mince (parsley, marjoram, sage, thyme, lemon zest)

Method:

1. Boil potatoes with their skins until tender, abot 40 min.
2. Cut off tough ends of asparagus.
3. Steam asparagus for 5 minutes, rinse with cool water, drain, dry and coat with some flour.
4. Peel cooked potatoes under cold water and mash.
5. On a floured work-board incorporate flour, egg yolks, a pinch of salt and some grated nutmeg.
6. Shape dough into 3-4 ropes about as thick as a thumb.
7. Make a lengthwise groove in the dough where you will place the asparagus, closing the dough around to envelop them.
8. Cut gnocchi, about 1 inch pieces.
9. Boil in salted water, fishing them out with a strainer or slotted spoon about a minute after they come floating to the top.
10. Melt butter/oil in a skillet and add a spoonful or more of the aromatic mince and toss in the gnocchi.
11. Serve with grated parmigiano.


Translated and adapted from:
http://www.petitchef.it/ricette/gnocchi-di-patate-agli-asparagi-fid-809125?in=FBOOK

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