Pronunciation: [NYOH-kee; NOH-kee]
Italian for "dumplings." Gnocchi can be made from potatoes, flour or farina. Eggs or cheese can be added to the dough, and finely chopped spinach is also a popular addition. Gnocchi are generally shaped into little balls, cooked in boiling water and served with butter and Parmesan or a savory sacue. The dough can also be chilled, sliced and either baked or fired. Gnocchi are usually served as a side dish and make excellent accompaniments for meat or poultry.