Potato Gnocchi

Total Time:
1 hr 47 min
1 hr
47 min

4 servings

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound russet potatoes
  • 3 to 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon gray salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting board and dough

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Spread a layer of kosher salt on a baking sheet and arrange the potatoes on top (see Cook's Note). Bake until a bit overcooked, about 45 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle, cut in half, and scoop out the flesh. Reserve the potato skins, if desired, for another use.

Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer or grate them on the large holes of a box grater. You should have about 2 cups. Make a mound of potatoes on the counter with a well in the middle, add 3 of the egg yolks, the cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix in the potatoes and mix well with hands. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the flour over the potatoes and, using your knuckles, press it into the potatoes. Fold the mass over on itself and press down again. Sprinkle on more flour, little by little, folding and pressing the dough until it just holds together, (try not to knead it.) Work any dough clinging to your fingers back into the dough. If the mixture is too dry, add another egg yolk or a little water. The dough should give under slight pressure. It will feel firm but yielding. To test if the dough is the correct consistency, take a piece and roll it with your hands on a well-floured board into a rope 1/2-inch in diameter. If the dough holds together, it is ready. If not, add more flour, fold and press the dough several more times, and test again.

Keeping your work surface and the dough lightly floured, cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 1/2-inch in diameter. Cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces. Lightly flour the gnocchi as you cut them. You can cook these as is or form them into the classic gnocchi shape with a gnocchi board, ridged butter paddle, or the tines of a large fork turned upside down. Rest the bottom edge of the gnocchi board on the work surface, then tilt it at about a 45 degree angle. Take each piece and squish it lightly with your thumb against the board while simultaneously pushing it away from you. It will roll away and around your thumb, taking on a cupped shape -- with ridges on the outer curve from the board and a smooth surface on the inner curve where your thumb was. (Shaping them takes some time and dexterity. You might make a batch just for practice.) The indentation holds the sauce and helps gnocchi cook faster.

As you shape the gnocchi, dust them lightly with flour and scatter them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or waxed paper. Set gnocchi filled cookie sheet in front of a fan on low for 1/2 hour (turning gnocchi after 15 minutes). If you will not cook the gnocchi until the next day or later, freeze them. Alternatively, you can poach them now, drain and toss with a little olive oil, let cool, then refrigerate several hours or overnight. To reheat, dip in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds, then toss with browned butter until hot.

When ready to cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Drop in the gnocchi and cook for about 90 seconds from the time they rise to the surface. Remove the cooked gnocchi with a skimmer, shake off the excess water, and serve as desired.

Cook's Note: Baking potatoes on a layer of salt allows heat to circulate 360 degrees. Scrape the salt into a jar and reuse it again and again. If you do not have time to shape the gnocchi, you can freeze the dough, defrost it in the refrigerator, and then shape it. To freeze shaped gnocchi, line baking sheets with waxed paper and dust with flour. Spread the gnocchi on the prepared sheets and freeze until hard. Remove to individual-portion-size freezer bags. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month. To cook, drop the frozen gnocchi into boiling salted water. Cook for about 2 minutes after they rise to the surface.

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As I child I remember standing by my grandmother side as she made gnocchi for us. They were my favorite thing she made and they were perfection! As an adult I would order gnocchi in restaurants...always wondering they weren't that good..they were ok...but not what I remembered. Then I made these...and BOOM right back to my grandmother's kitchen I went! Thank you for this phenomenal recipe and the memories it brought back! item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow!!!! I have never made pasta before and it came out PERFECt!!! I barely mixed the dough and that made it....real nice! Thanks for this awesome recipe :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Am I missing something on this page? I have no print option when they changed the format. Copy and paste is getting rediculous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family gave me mixed reviews on the gnocchi. I thought the flavor of the gnocchi was very good. I don't think my potatoes were soft enough...they didn't mix into the dough totally. I might try again boiling the potatoes instead of baking them. I served with a blush vodka sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
moderately easy success after other failed recipes, make it with his sugo sauce, delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! My husband's favorite meal when we are out, so I wanted to make it for his birthday dinner last night. I have tried making gnocchi before, but it always came out too mushy. The texture on this recipe was perfect! I think it was the instructions on how the dough should feel and react, as well as the drying instructions that helped make the gnocchi awesome! I am making batch #2 today! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have worked in restaurants all over birmingham and have made gnocchi several times. Used a Thomas Keller recipe in one of the restaurants. And for the first time making gnocchi at home I am very impressed with this recipe. I don't really care for nutmeg so I stay away from that. Thanks Michael your still killing it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious! I doubled the recipe but was too lazy to shape - frankly it doesn't affect the taste! I cooked all and froze the leftovers on a parchment lined cookie sheet and vacuum sealed in 2 person serving size for future use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! A very sticky business but worth it. I used only 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and it was enough. I served it with Zucchini Butter. I tested one right after shaping and it was delicious but I did dry the rest a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the only gnocchi I've ever made and liked, fabulous! The recipe can be shortened a bit too, I think. I didn't do the 0.5 hour drying time, I just stuck them in a warm oven while waiting for the water to boil and they were still a perfect consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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