Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gnocchi Del Casentino

I have Tuscany the Beautiful Cookbook and Gnocchi Del Casentino is one of the recipes from the book that I have made many times. We call them spinach balls. We went to Costco yesterday and bought the super big bag of spinach and I got some ricotta cheese today so that we could have some tonight. They turned out great. They always do.

Gnocchi Del Casentino
slightly less than 1kg spinach
300g (1.25 c.) ricotta cheese
1 egg
150g (5 oz.) Parmesan cheese
nutmeg
salt
pepper
flour
butter
sage

1. In a large pot cook the spinach in a little boiling water until tender.
2. Drain the spinach, wrap it in a cloth, and squeeze out all the water. Be careful not to burn yourself!
This is the drained and squeeze dried spinach.
3. Finely chop the wrung-out spinach and put it in a bowl.
4. Add the ricotta, half the Parmesan cheese, egg, a pinch of nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Mix thoroughly.
Kinda looks like spinach dip.
6. Dump some flour onto a flat surface and roll small amounts of the spinach mixture in the flour to form a ball.
7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
8. Roll each spinach ball in the flour again to fully coat it and keep it from breaking apart in the water.
The flour forms a clear coat on the gnocchi kind of like rice wrapping on a spring roll.
9. Add the spinach balls to the water in small batches and boil until they begin to float.
10. Remove gnocchi from water and place into warm bowl.
11. Cook the remaining gnocchi in the same way.
12. In the meantime melt some butter with the sage over low heat.
13. When all the gnocchi are cooked drizzle the sage butter and remaining Parmesan cheese over them.
14. Nom nom nom.

They might not look appetizing, but they are.

4 comments:

zannelaw said...

Those do not look like gnocchi! Smaller and do the fork roll.

Disobedient Tiger said...

They certainly tasted like gnocchi! Pure heaven.

Andrea at Nummy Kitchen said...

Oh these look amazing! I'm a spinach fan and have a recipe in one of my cookbooks for something that looks similar and I've always wanted to give it a try. Yum!

Moscuba Grum said...

Thank you. I was wondering about using just spinach as I thought it would be too wet and not tough enough.

Someone posted "hose do not look like gnocchi! Smaller and do the fork roll."

It is a very common USA mistake that Gnocchi is potato pasta. Your book describes what Gnocchi is. I love that book.

Cheers!

Bob