Sunday, April 12, 2009

Gnocchi With Wild Mushroom and Sage Ragu

For this week's Magazine Monday Event, hosted by Cream Puffs in Venice, I found a tasty Gnocchi recipe in Bon Appetit.

I love Italian food but rarely ever make it or eat it for that matter. Italian food is on the heavier side of what I'm use to eating. Every once in a great while I head over to my favorite Italian restaurant and fall in love with it all over again. I can't eat Italian food without wine, it's a necessity for me and I'm not sure why it has to be that way. Lucky for me, there was a lovely white wine recommendation in Bon Appetit that I tried and loved with my dish, it's called Torrontes. There's only one dish that I always order on the menu of any Italian restaurant and that's Gnocchi. So, when I came across a glimpse of a Gnocchi recipe in the new May 2009 issue of Bon Appetit I just had to give it a try. There is no picture, which usually leaves me wondering if I want to try a recipe not knowing how it should come out, but I'm very aware how Gnocchi are supposed to taste and look like. Let me start by saying, this was not easy at all for me. Dealing with dough and getting it to the right consistency is a struggle, I don't find it a problem with baking but it is definitely more difficult to deal with in cooking. My Gnocchi came out incredibly soft, the sauce was a nice light white wine base, though I do prefer the thick white sauce and would hope to find that version in the future, this did satisfy me and I'm really sleepy after eating it too. My tummy feels heavy. I loved the way this turned out, but considering I made my Gnocchi from scratch it was time consuming.

2 Pounds russet potatoes
kosher salt
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp ground black peper
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1-1 1/4 cups AP flour unbleached plus more for dusting

1/3 cup Olive Oil
4 Cups mixed wild mushrooms
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 TB chopped garlic
1 TB minced fresh sage leaves
2 TB minced Shallots
1 Cup Torrontes White Wine
1 cup heavy cream
Parmesan cheese as needed
Parsely 1 TB

Still looking for the link to this on Bon appetit, the directions to the recipe to follow. I'm not sure why it is not posted on their site, so I'm typing this up straight from the magazine.

Preheat oven to 375F. Bake Potatoes on a bed of kosher salt in a baking dish, about 45-50 mins. (I boiled them it was much faster). While still warm, halve potatoes and scoop out the flesh. Pass the flesh through a potato ricer, or push through a coarse sieve until you have about 4 cups. In a bowl, combine potato, egg yolks, Parmesan, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Work the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add 1 cup of the flour and knead, patting and pressing the dough until all the flour is incorporated. Add the additional 1/4 cup flour if the dough feels too moist. It should be soft but shouldn't stick to your hands. Transfer dough to a work surface and roll into a 3-inch-diameter log. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Roll dough into 1/2 inch diameter ropes. Flour the ropes, then cut crosswise at 1/2 inch intervals. Shape the gnocchi with the back of a fork or cook as is. Let dry at room temperature for 20 mins before cooking.

Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add oil, then sprinkle in mushrooms. Without stirring, let mushrooms caramelize for 7-8 mins. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook, stirring for about 1 min. Add the sage and shallots and cook for 1 min. Add the Torrontes and reduce by 1/2. Then add cream and simmer until slightly reduced to sauce consistency, about 5 mins. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi. They are done when they float to the surface. Lift gnocchi out with a skimmer and transfe to a platter. Pour sauce over the gnocchi. Grate Permesan over the top, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.


werskine said...

This looks absolutely lovely and will try it tomorrow. I read your comment on Kingdom of Style. Your blog is lovely!

Debbie said...

Thank you :)

creampuff said...

Oh my gosh ... those look sooooooo good! I'll just grab a fork ...

Memoria said...

Wow! I would love to homemade gnocchi! Good job!

BTW, the word "gnocchi" is plural, so you would write "Gnocchi ARE supposeD to taste" instead of "Gnocchi is suppose to taste".

I'll be looking forward to the white sauce you plan to use!