Growing up with Italian Grandparents, I am no stranger to homemade pasta…fettuccine, papparadelle, ravioli, cavatelli and gnocchi. I make homemade pasta several times a month. During the holidays we make hundreds of ravioli and trays and trays of meatballs.
So when I stumbled upon French Fridays with Dorie and the next recipe was Gnocchi a la Parisienne, I knew I had to join. All of the recipes are from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. A book that I had looked at several times but had so far resisted purchasing. Resisted…until I found this group. A quick trip to the bookstore and I was ready for my first French Friday with Dorie.
The ingredient list was simple…eggs, butter, cheese, flour and milk. Where were the potatoes? I had never made gnocchi without potato so this was going to be interesting.
The dough came together easily…just water, butter, salt and flour…simple stovetop prep and a quick spin in the mixer. Because the dough was very sticky and I mean, very sticky, I didn’t see how I would be able to drop them by a spoon into the water so I put the dough in bag and piped the gnocchi into the water.
Next was the bechamel. Following the recipe, it was just too thick so I had to thin it with about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. OK…all set to assemble and bake.
Thirty minutes later – LOVE on a plate. Puffy, cheesy, pillows of LOVE.
As noted in the book, this is a dish meant to go from oven to table immediately and leftovers do not keep. This is true…I made the full recipe (for two of us) and of course, we had leftovers. Lots of leftovers. I just couldn’t throw it away so I tried a reheat the next day for lunch….no go! Next time, I will cut the recipe in half or freeze half of the gnocchi for an easy and quick dinner. Oh and one more note…although light and fluffy it is rich so double the workout before indulging!
I think French Friday is my new favorite day!