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Chef John's Potato Gnocchi

Chef John

"When I found one lone russet potato at the bottom of the bin, I decided to make a small batch of gnocchi--the perfect thing to do with one potato. I like a very potato-y gnocchi, so I go with just enough flour to form the dough. Other people prefer a denser, more pasta-like dumpling, and use much more flour. I know many of you hate it when I say this, but you'll just have to figure it out as you go."
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1 h servings 411 cals
Original recipe yields 2 servings

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  1. Place potato in microwave and cook on high setting until cooked through, about 7 minutes depending on the size of the potato.
  2. Split potato and remove flesh. Push flesh through strainer using the back of a wooden spoon in order to achieve a granular texture. Add a pinch of salt and let cool for about 10 minutes. Pour in beaten egg and stir, using the tines of a fork and trying not to mash the potato. Add about 1/3 cup flour and continue gently stirring gently with the tines of a fork until mixture starts to come together. You may need another pinch or two of flour. Fold mixture with a spatula until dough forms a mass, adding flour as needed. Using your fingers, knead dough gently to form ball, about 10 seconds.
  3. Shape dough into a fat log shape on a floured surface. Cut into 4 pieces. Gently roll each piece using your fingertips to form the "snake" or a long rope of dough, starting from the center and rolling toward the end until dough is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each rope of dough into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Roll each 1/2-inch piece quickly down the back of a fork's tines to form ridges.
  5. Heat sauce in a skillet while you cook the gnocchi.
  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat so water continues to simmer. Add gnocchi to water. As soon as they float to the surface after half a minute or so, cook for an additional 14 seconds. Transfer cooked gnocchi with a slotted spoon to the pan with the sauce. Stir until coated.
  7. Serve topped with grated cheese.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Makes 4 appetizer servings or 2 main courses.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 411 calories; 7 g fat; 73.6 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g protein; 98 mg cholesterol; 597 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I made it exactly per recipe and they were great!!

Made as close to the recipe as I could. I doubled it. I think I will just mash the potatoes the next time. Very tasty and very filling.

Loved it!

I love your recipe but I added my own flare..And I didnt have parmesan cheese so I used feta to top it..Thank Chef!

Simply amazing and so easy. Put it together in a snap and had people think I worked all day on it

Made as directed - pushed through strainer and was very gentle. Wondered if I could use a ricer? Turned out pillow soft! Wished I had put a bit more salt in the gnocchi and in the water. Served ...

I made them for dinner and the result was delicious! Thank you for giving us your recipe Chef John. I made it with four potatoes for five people as a main entree . The only issue I had was s...

Turned out very nice, I loved the use of the strainer to create texture with the potatoes. Lovely recipe ????