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Spinach Gnocchi

Author From "Recipes from America's Small Farms" by Joanne Lamb Hayes and Lori Stein

Ingredients

  • 1 lb potatoes
  • Salt
  • 1/2 lb spinach
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-5 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Peel or scrub potatoes, cut into pieces and boil in salted water until tender (15-20 minutes).
  2. Drain, allow to cool (so that egg yolk doesn't cook when added), then mash well (don't use food processor).
  3. Wash spinach, remove tough stems, and steam over boiling water a minute to two, just until wilted. Drain, and when cool enough to handle, squeeze as much water from the spinach as you can.
  4. Place the spinach on a cutting board and chop well.
  5. Mix the spinach into the mashed potatoes. Add egg yolks and salt and mix well.
  6. Work in about 1 to 11/2 cups of the flour, kneading into a dough.
  7. Add additional flour to make a firm, smooth dough that doesn't stick to your fingers.
  8. Divide dough into tennis ball sized pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a rope about 1/2 inch diametre. Cut into 1 inch segments.
  9. With flour hands, round up segments into little egg shapes, then roll them under the tines of a fork (dipped in flour) to create ridges.
  10. To cook, drop the gnocchi into a large pot of boiling salted water (do not crowd them). Gnocchi are ready when they rise to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  11. Serve with your favourite sauce or with melted butter, minced parsley and Parmesan cheese