Purple Potato Gnocchi

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Purple Potato Gnocchi


For the gnocchi

  • 1 lb. purple potatoes
  • 4 oz flour + some for the board

For the dressing

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  •  1/3 cup of crumbled gorgonzola
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts
  • Parmigiano to garnish


  1. In a large pot add enough cold water and the potatoes with the skin on. Place the pot on medium heat and cook for about 35-40 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and place in a bowl.

  2. Working on a clean surface (for me, the wood board), start peeling the boiled potatoes when still warm but not to the point to burn yourself. I usually have a bowl with cold water near me so I can dip my fingers in to cool them a bit.

  3. Then, place 2 peeled potatoes at a time in the ricer and pile the riced potatoes on the board.

  4. At this point, add your flour gradually, incorporating it in the potatoes while kneading. Mix very little and quickly, just enough to combine the ingredients (working the dough too much, releases the moisture and you are tempted to add more flour!). Form an “oval loaf” and keep some flour on the side.

  5. Cut a slice of the dough at a time, lightly dust some flour on the board, and start making a rope about 1.5 cm round.

  6. Then, with a bench scraper or knife, cut pieces of dough about 1.5 in (3 cm).

  7. When you have little 'nuggets' of dough, it’s time to make the gnocchi shape.

  8. Press gently with your finger (you can use your thumb I prefer my index finger) as you roll them on the classic wooden gnocchi board (rigagnocchi). As an alternative,  you can roll them on the back of a fork, or on the back of a grater (the smooth part of a cheese grater). You could also leave them like that, or make them round by shaping them in the palm of your hands.

  9. As they are ready, put them on a well-floured tray making sure they do not overlap, and sprinkle some more flour on the gnocchi.

For the sauce

  1. In a saute pan heat up olive oil. Place in butter and let it melt, then add the crumbled gorgonzola, the sage leaves, and pine nuts. Cook till the sauce turns a nice light golden brown. Turn off heat and in the meantime, cook your gnocchi.

  2. Have a large pot with plenty of water and enough salt that it tastes like the sea on the stove on medium/high heat.

  3. When the water is boiling, immerse the gnocchi delicately. You could place some at a time on a skimmer/strainer and submerge it in water.

  4. When they are all in the water, stir once gently, then do not stir during cooking, and wait until they slowly rise to the surface.

  5. Potato gnocchi are ready when they all rise to the surface and the water is foamy. Drain them with a skimmer (avoid draining them in the colander!)

  6. Place the drained gnocchi in the saute pan with the butter gorgonzola sauce. Heat a touch making sure gnocchi are well coated.

  7. Pace some gnocchi onto a plate and grate some Parmigiano on top and serve immediately.


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