I decided to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I started with about 10 potatoes and peeled and boiled them until fork tender and let them cool in a colander until I could handle them.
Next up: the potato ricer, yes! I should have snapped a pic of the action because it reminded me of childhood and those play doh sets that you shoved the play doh through different shapes.
When I was done it was quite the pile. At this point I realized I was nuts for doing such a big batch. No turning back now. I dug a little hole in the middle and kept going.
I guessed that two eggs would do it and about 3 cups of whole wheat flour. I was basically making things up as I went along. This is definitely the best way to make a dish you know nothing about. I think at some point I panicked and tossed in some salt since potatoes can use some flava.
Now that I had the disaster of flour, eggs, and potatoes I started mixing with a fork. I started channeling Mario Batali since every episode of his show included him whipping up some pasta like so. Naturally, I opted against finding orange crocs to put on and just kept to his well pasta method and left my impression at that.
After the mixing I had a mess of crumbs, perfect.
I smushed the mess together.
Then I kneaded. I could have done this all day. So fun.
I took small sections and rolled them out.
Cut them into even chunks.
Then just for fun rolled them on the back side of a fork to get the little ridges. This wasn't really necessary but looked sweet.
Finally I dropped them into boiling water until these little suckers floated to the top which took a few minutes.
I am so pleased with the outcome. The gnocchi turned out perfectly; the gnocchi was tender and delicate. I tossed the gnocchi with some shrimp, peas, and homemade spinach-walnut pesto. It was perfect.
Quick tip on freezing: a girlfriend recommended I freeze them on a baking sheet before tossing them into a bag to freeze. I am so glad she imparted that tip because otherwise I would have frozen clumps of gnocchi.
This is so simple you don't even need a recipe...maybe. Leave me a comment if you would like more details on this recipe.
I hope you give this a whirl!