Gnocchi au Gratin with Orleans Cream Sauce
- 1 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup flour
- 2 egg yolks
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound of tasso, small dice
- 1 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- Essence, recipe follows
- 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a pot of salted water, bring the potatoes up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook the potatoes until tender. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain completely. Place the potatoes on the heat and dehydrate the potatoes for about 5 minutes, to insure the potatoes are completely dry. Puree the potatoes in a food mill or ricer. Stir in the butter, flour and egg yolks. Season with salt and pepper. Form the dough into a ball. Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 2 or more parts and roll out into logs, 1-inch thick. Slice the rolls into 1-inch pieces. When working with gnocchi, keep your hands dusted with flour. Shape the gnocchi?s either with a gnocchi dowl or a fork with slim tines. In a pot of salted, boiling water, test 2 gnocchi for cooking time. The gnocchi are done when they float to the surface and cook for about 10 seconds. Finish cooking the gnocchi in batches, about 2 dozen at a time. Remove from the water and drain completely. In a saute pan, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, render the Tasso for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green onions, tomatoes, shallots and garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Season with Essence. Add the cream, Worcestershire sauce, and Crystal hot sauce. Bring up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the cream thickens and reduces by 1/3. In a large gratin dish, lay the gnocchi?s on the bottom of the pan. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi?s. Sprinkle the dish with the grated cheese. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Spoon the gnocchi in a shallow dish. Garnish with chives and grated cheese.Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
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