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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Beefcake: Gnocchi

[gnòc-co] s.m. (pl. -chi)

1 (spec. pl.) Ciascuno dei pezzettini di pasta fatta in genere con farina, patate lesse e sale, che si mangiano bolliti e conditi con sugo, pesto o altro || gnocchi alla romana, fatti con semolino, latte, uova, burro e gratinati

2 estens. Grumo, coagulo; pop. bernoccolo, protuberanza

3 fig. fam. (f. -ca) Persona sciocca, babbeo
• dim. gnocchetto

Gnocchi ai Fiocchi d'Avena

(Oatmeal Gnocchi)

Potatoes (and/or sweet potatoes)
Cumin seeds
Sunflower oil
Sea Salt

1. Boil the unpeeled potatoes in salted water. Strain and let them cool, then peel and mash them in a bowl.
2. Mix the potatoes with a little bit of water, oatmeal, cumin seeds, and salt to taste. Mix the ingredients well to form a dense paste.
3. Divide the paste into 2cm-long (1 inch-long) pieces.

4. Add them to a pot of boiling water . As they float to the top, remove the cooked gnocchi with a strainer and place into a bowl.
4. Separately, peal and slice the onion into rings. Next place them in a covered pan with a little bit of sunflower oil and water. Cook on a moderate flame until it has a golden color.
5. Chop the basil.
6. Finally, garnish the gnocchi with the browned onions and chopped basil.

We found this here: http://www.macrocosmo.com ~ we are forever fascinated by different versions of gnocchi. Gnocchi tend to be eaten in cooler weather. However, they are always comforting and this specific recipe seems healthy to boot.

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