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This is my first post o 2011...So i am posting a very special and unique Italian recipe today...Its " Gnocchi in creamy cheese sauce"...'Gnocchi ' are little dumplings made with either mashed potato and flour or semolina.They should be very light in texture and should not be overcooked.Ready made Gnocchis are easily available in stores but here i made them at home from scratch.Their combo with creamy cheese sauce is very tempting one.
For Gnocchi :
- 250 grams potato
- 1/4 tea spoon nutmeg powder
- 7 table spoon flour
- 3 tea spoon melted butter
For Cream Cheese Sauce:
- 4-5 mushrooms finely chopped
- 1 table spoon plain flour
- 2 table spoon butter
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup fresh cream
- 3 table spoon grated cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or coriander leaves
- 1/2 tea spoon crushed pepper
Boil water in a big vessel and boil the potatoes till tender. Do not overcook them. Let them cool a little and then peel them and grate them using a very fine grater.Then add flour, salt, nutmeg powder, melted butter and mix. Kneed the mixture to a dough.They dough should be kneaded very lightly and should not be sticky.Add little more flour if the dough is sticky. When the dough is ready to be rolled make Gnocchis.
Now to shape the dough into Gnocchis divide it into 4 parts. Take a part on a floured flat surface and roll it into a 10" long and 3/4" thick roll. Take care not to over handle it as Gnocchis can become hard.Cut the roll into 1" long piece. Repeat it with the remaining dough.
Now take each 1' piece and take a folk. Gently, but firmly, press each piece against the tines of a fork to make ridges on the back side.Press it so that it widens and then roll it to form like a empty roll. Repeat it with rest pieces.
Now boil 10 cups of water in a big thick bottomed vessel and add 1 tea spoon salt in it.Drop 13-15 pieces of Gnocchi in it.After 2-3 mins the Gnocchi will rise to surface of boiling water that means they are cooked. Remove them and drain and keep aside.Repeat with remaining Gnocchis.
To prepare the sauce,heat butter in a pan. Add onion and mushroom . Saute till light golden.Add flour and saute for 1-2 mins on low heat,do not brown.Add milk and keep on stirring so that lumps are not formed. Add cream and mix well. Let it boil. Add little water or milk if the sauce is too much thick.Add salt, pepper powder and cheese and cook till cheese melts. Finally add parsley and mix. Add cooked Gnocchi and toss for 1 min.Remove from fire.
Preparation Time: 25 mins