I made gnudi for lunch today. I used Nancy Silverton’s recipe from her Mozza cookbook that I found online as I have her Mozza at Mom but not the original. My gnudi held together and were light and fluffy even though I didn’t roll them into a ball and left them as cylinders. And surprisingly rich. I think I need a little tomato sauce to cut through the richness of the pesto cream sauce I served it with. I might whip up the Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce with onion and butter for the second half of the leftovers.
I made half a recipe of the gnudi and I could only eat a quarter of that. And not to be too picky, I think I prefer gnocchi to gnudi. The potatoes in gnocchi are more flavorful to me than the ricotta in gnudi. But that is just a personal preference.
The Silverton recipe uses a mushroom sauce and maybe the next time I make a batch, I might just do that. I love sautéed mushrooms in ALL THE THINGS.
GNUDI WITH PORCINI
I do a lot of “projects,” but I have just never gotten into gnocchi–perhaps because I tried gnudi first, and they are just so fun and easy.
I had purchased some porcini powder from my mushroom purveyor and wanted to see how I could use it to amp up the mushroom flavor in a pasta. She also had fresh porcini this week, but one can never have too much porcini. I loosely followed the April Bloomfield recipe via https://www.seriouseats.com/spotted-pig-ricotta-gnudi-food-lab
These were the lightest, fluffiest gnudi I have made yet!
I did not remove the excess ricotta and weigh to 12 ounces.
I added about a tablespoon of porcini powder to the ricotta.
I only had a couple cups of semolina, so I used that for the “dredging” part of the recipe, and I used pasta flour for the initial dip, adding a bit more porcini powder to the pasta flour.
I did not freeze this but cooked the same evening; they held together fine.
This recipe was an inspiration: https://www.italianfoodforever.com/2008/08/mushroom-gnocchi-with-sauteed-spinach-and-mushroom-topping/
As I made the gnudi, I sauteed the fresh porcini and a clove of garlic in olive oil and butter. I added a box of baby spinach and a splash of white wine. The gnudi and some of the cooking water went in, voila! This made three portions, and I’ll have the leftover gnudi with sage and butter for lunch.
I can’t believe how little flour it took for these. I think the mushroom powder possibly has a slight binding effect also. The only thing I would change is perhaps add more porcini to the flour, as the color might end up more attractive that way.
I have a filling I have made for ravioli that involves boiling turnips and cashews, and blending to make a ricotta-like mixture. I flavor this with some vegan blue cheese, and the combination is just fantastic. A friend gave me a ton of turnips, so I made a large batch of this filling. I first used it in stuffed shells. Then I decided with the leftover filling to experiment with gnudi and gnocchi. For the gnudi, I added a mix of sweet rice flour and potato starch until the mixture was solid enough that I could roll into balls. I then boiled them, then pan-fried with some sorrel/pistachio pesto. The pesto kind of formed a crust on them, so more fresh pesto went on at the end to garnish. They were served over a beet/carrot/tomato sauce, which is based on a soup from Gjelina.
Later I used the remaining mixture to make gnocchi. Same mix of flours as for the gnudi, but a bit more to get a dough I could roll and shape. These were served with a simple homemade tomato sauce.
Both versions worked well and were delicious. It was kind of liberating to find I could make gnudi and gnocchi from improvised and non-traditional ingredients.
I’ve wanted to make gnudi for a long time. But I’ve been busy, and a little scared. I figured having this DOTM would help push me, and it did! Reading articshark’s review made it sound doable, and I took her sauce tip to heart. I used the same recipe she links to, bus served with a (sorry folks, bottled) tomato sauce. I would have preferred a thinner, lighter sauce, but the family thought it was a perfect mix.
These were easy! Sooooo easy. I refrigerated them after cutting, having read elsewhere that this would help them stick together. Seems to have worked. Nice pillowy dumplings. Lulu said she’s made them at cooking camp with spinach, and that the addition makes them tend to fall apart. Has anyone else had this experience? I served with salad and baguette, and it was a pretty classic meal.
CRISPY GNOCCHI WITH TOMATOES AND RED ONION - from the New York Times
The recipe is online here (sorry if it is behind a paywall for you):
I ignored the advice to use store-bought, shelf-stable gnocchi, and made my own. Same recipe I learned from the cooking class mentioned above, but once again adapted by me to be gluten-free. I wanted to try a different flour mix this time, and settled on a blend of 2 parts brown rice flour, 2 parts sweet rice flour, and 1 part potato starch. No xanthan gum or psyllium husk used, just the flours. I used this mix 1:1 by weight for the wheat flour in the recipe, and it was perfect. I also did not have any vegan parmesan on hand, so I used a local cashew cheese that is aged and fermented, finely grating it with a microplane. This cheese had some fennel in it, and it lent a very subtle fennel flavor to the gnocchi, which was welcome. I had no issue with the gnocchi wanting to fall apart during frying, as the recipe warns. This was a nice, lighter way to have gnocchi in the summer, and I would happily repeat.