You will be pleasantly surprised at how easily you can turn out homemade gnocchi that cooks up soft and tender. They work well with pesto or red sauce -- but they are also delicious just tossed with butter.
a potato ricer or box grater; a gnocchi paddle or fork
Add the potatoes to a large pot, cover with cold water by about 2 inches and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook at a steady boil, adding more water to the pot if necessary, until the potatoes can be pierced easily with the tip of a knife, about 50 minutes. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
Peel the potatoes and cut the flesh into large pieces. Pass the potato flesh through a potato ricer (see Cook's Note) into a mound on a clean work surface and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Let the potatoes cool completely.
Sprinkle the flour over the mound of potatoes. Drizzle the egg over the flour and begin to combine with a fork. Once everything has started to clump together, use your hands to gently knead and fully combine the ingredients, about 2 minutes; do not overwork the dough. Gather the dough into a ball.
Line a baking sheet with parchment. Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Working with one piece at a time on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick log. Use a bench scraper or knife to cut the log into 1-inch pieces. Roll each piece on a gnocchi paddle or the back of the tines of a fork to form grooves. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until they begin to float, 1 to 2 minutes, then cook 1 minute longer. Strain and toss with sauce as desired.
If you don't have potato ricer, you can grate the potatoes on the large holes of a box grater.
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