Sometimes you try new things… and your left with ingredients in your fridge that you have now idea what to do with…they simply never make things in portion sizes you need it’s always too much or not enough…what a pain.
Well this I an easy dish that I love to death, and is a great way to use up that extra Ricotta you have from the pizza I posted not to long ago.
If you never made homemade gnocchi before get ready for helll…hahah! JOKING! It is one of the most easiest things in the world to do! People get scared of the name and think it is a labor intensive process that you must have a 4 year degree from a top culinary school to make….NOT! This recipe was invented by busy, hard-working mothers in the hills of italy who had to use every ingredient they had for nutrition…waste nothing was the rule of the land….
I made that up haha I have no idea what the rule of the land was but im sure it was close.
So the recipe is as follows
8 oz Ricotta
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large bowl mixed to gether all the ingredients except the flour. Make sure it is all incorporated very well. This is the time you can season the mixture and taste it to see if its to your liking.
Add the flour in a little at a time, I usually go for a quarter cup at a time and gradually add in the rest. The reason for this is so that you don’t get lumps and if you add it all in at a time you might dry it out too much. You should only add in enough so that the dough come together and is no longer sticky to the touch.
Once you have a nice dough, you want to cut it into fours. Roll each section into 1 inch ropes, cut into 1/4 inch pieces and use a fork to lightly roll each piece so that you create a rigid surface so that the sauces has an area that it can grab on to. Place them in the freezer till your ready to cook.
when your ready to cook them, get a pot of water with a pinch of salt on the stove. Bring it to a boil. This is the easiest thing in the world to cook, it will tell you when it is cooked. Place them in the pot of boiling water and they sink to the bottom…when they are done cooking they will float to the top. It will take no more than 5 minutes to cook. When they are done place them in the sauce of your choice and toss. get to eating!
Now if you would like to try my Braised Beef and Peas……its super simple to. It just takes time. here’s the recipe
( quick tip: use a cheap cut of meat, since your braising it for 2 to 3 hours )
1 lbs of meat like short ribs, or pot roast,
1 can beef broth
1/4 cup red wine ( good wine please )
1 can tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1 tsp butter ( cuz butter is the bomb )
1 inch square of milk chocolate ( secret ingredient it removes the acidity from the tomato sauce )
1/4 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
Season the meat with Salt and Pepper. In a pot or pan with high sides, melt the butter and brown the meat. Remove the meat and add the onion, garlic and herbs,,,saute till the onions are translucent. Deglaze with the Beef broth and add the meat back in the pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and braise on low for 2 hrs….the meat should be shredded and tender. The liquid should be reduced by half . Add the peas and reduce a little more till you have a nice luxurious sauce. That is it……toss the gnocchi and enjoy.