Potato Gnocchi
  1. Scrub the potatoes and place them in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with a couple of inches of water, add ½ teaspoon salt, then boil the potatoes gently until they’re cooked through, about 30 to 35 minutes. (Check to see if they’re done by poking them with a fork or a skewer.)
  2. Transfer the potatoes to a plate and let them cool, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly butter a medium-size casserole and set it aside.
  4. Put a large, fresh pot of water on high heat, and heat the oven to 400°F.
  5. Peel the potatoes and, working over a large bowl, put them through a potato ricer. If you don’t have a ricer, force the potato flesh through a sieve with the back of a large spoon. (A regular masher won’t give you the texture you need for light, fluffy gnocchi.)
  6. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, the pepper, the Parmesan, and the egg to the riced potatoes. Toss gently to mix.
  7. Add the ½ cup flour and stir well to make a moist dough. Stir in another tablespoon or two of flour, as necessary, to make the dough just firm enough to knead.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead very gently for 1 minute with floured hands. Add a little extra flour to the counter if necessary so that the dough doesn’t stick.
  9. Divide the dough into four pieces.
  10. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough into a rope about 3/4 inch thick and 18 inches long.
  11. Cut the rope into 3/4-inch-long pieces.
  12. Press the tines of a fork into one side of each piece, just deep enough to leave a mark.
  13. Transfer the pieces to a floured plate. Each rope makes about 20 gnocchi.
  14. After you’ve cut and shaped the gnocchi, gently drop about half of them into the lightly boiling water. After 1 to 2 minutes the gnocchi should rise to the surface. Once they do, cook them at a low boil for another 1½ minutes. Be careful: a vigorous boil may cause the gnocchi to fall apart.
  15. Remove the gnocchi with a small strainer, let them drip dry for several seconds, then place them into the buttered baking dish.
  16. Cook the remaining gnocchi and add them to the dish as well.
  17. Sprinkle the gnocchi with 1/3 cup Parmesan and drizzle the heavy cream over the top.
  18. Bake the dish on the center oven rack until the sauce is bubbly, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  19. Serve at once.
Recipe Notes

December 15, 2008
Made with the kids. Everyone loved it. Would also be good with a garlic-y sauce, was the house consensus. (Recipe from Familyfun magazine, September 2008)