28 February 2015

Cheese-stuffed Eggless Gnocchi

From classy restaurants to street cafes, Italian cuisine is found, adapted and relished everywhere. While Pizzas and Pastas rule the roost at most places, let's not forget the humble, yet delectable Gnocchi
Mashed soft potatoes combined with flour, rolled in different shapes and poached to perfection, Gnocchi tastes amazing with different sauces.
Here's a cheese-stuffed one that can be served with any sauce. 


Ingredients : 

Potatoes - 2 large
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
Dried oregano - 1/2 tsp
Grated cheese for stuffing

Method : 

1. Wash the potatoes and prick all over with fork. Boil in salted water till soft, or pressure cook.

2. Remove, cool and peel. Mash well. Add salt to taste, garlic powder, dried oregano and mix well.

3. Now add the 2 flours alternately, but a bit at a time. Keep mixing till the mixture is less sticky. Do not add too much flour as we do not want a dough-like consistency. Gnocchi is best left a little sticky but it just enough flour to make it manageable. Cover and keep aside for about minutes.

4. Meanwhile simmer water, add little salt. Roll out the potato dough into a cylinder. Cut out equal portions and roll roughly. Make an indent and stuff a little grated cheese inside. Carefully seal and make a peda-like roll. Dust your hands with a little flour if needed. 

5. Once the water has reached boiling point, reduce the flame and keep it on uniform heat. Drop the rolled potato rounds very carefully into the water and poach them.

6. After about 5-6 minutes the rounds will start rising to the surface. Remove them carefully using a slotted spoon and keep aside.

7. Prepare a sauce as desired, cheese or tomato-based. Place the Gnocchi gently on the serving dish and lightly pour the sauce over it. Do not pour too much sauce. Finally sprinkle cheese just before serving.


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