Hay, Hay It’s Donna Day #14 – Gnocchi

First of all, I want to thank Barbara of winosandfoodies, for creating the very popular Hay, Hay, It’s Donna Day blog event.Also, thanks to Laura of eatdrinklive for her excellent hosting of the previous HHDD #13.For those of you reading about this event for the first time,Donna Hay is a food stylist and cook from Australia who has a superb magazine with the same name and loads of cookbooks with easy recipes and gorgeous photographs.Issue 28, Winter 2006 of Donna Hay’s magazine had an article on making homemade ricotta gnocchi which looked fantastic and not very difficult. After all, they were just dumplings and had only a few ingredients with simple directions. But it seemed a daunting task, especially when pre-packaged potato gnocchi was so convenient for a quick main or side dish. Ricotta gnocchi was totally new to me. Well, time went by and I got busy with other things.Now that I have the privilege of hosting HHDD #14, it’s a perfect time to pull out the magazine again to tackle Ricotta Gnocchi. Now that I have made the gnocchi, I feel confidant that you too can make it. It will be a challenge if you have never made gnocchi from scratch, but all of you are savvy food bloggers, so I’m sure you will be up for the task.Here are the details:* The gnocchi should be homemade and can be a main dish, salad, side or dessert. You can use any ingredient, such as cheese, potato or any other vegetable or fruit to make the gnocchi.*Post your recipe no later than August 18, 2007. When you post, send an email with the HHDD #14 in the subject line to staranise.ld[at}gmail[dot]com. Include your name, the name of your recipe, your location, the name of your blog and the permalink to your post.*Round-up posted and voting begins on August 25, 2007.*Voting closed and winner announced on September 1, 2007.Here’s Donna’s recipe from Issue 28, page 56.Herb Gnocchi with Basil Oil1 quantity basic gnocchi(recipe follows)2 teaspoons lemon zest1/4 cup chopped mint leaves1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves1/4 cup chopped basil leavessea salt and cracked black pepperParmesan cheese to serveBasil Oil1 cup chopped basil leaves, extra1/2 cup (4 fl oz) olive oil2 tablespoons lemon juice1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, gratedsea salt and cracked black pepperTo make the basil oil, place the extra basil, oil, lemon juice, Parmesan, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Set aside.Follow the basic gnocchi recipe, adding the lemon zest, mint, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to the mixture. Spoon the basil oil over the cooked gnocchi and toss to coat. Top with the Parmesan cheese. Serves 4Basic Gnocchi500 grams(1 lb) fresh ricotta cheese1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese2 eggs, lightly beaten1 cup plain all-purpose floursea salt and cracked black pepperPlace the ricotta, Parmesan, eggs, flour, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine. Turn out the mixture on a lightly floured surface and roll into 4 15cm (6 in)long ropes. Cut into 2cm (3/4 in) lengths and press lightly with the back of a fork.Place in a large saucepan of salted water over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook the gnocchi in batches for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Remove with slotted spoon and place in serving bowls. Serves 4.See prize for winner here.

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14 Comments

  1. Deborah
    July 30, 2007 / 4:19 pm

    What a great theme! I have always wanted to make gnocchi, and now I have the excuse!

  2. Barbara
    July 30, 2007 / 8:13 pm

    It looks great Lynn. I’ve made this before and it is surprisingly easy.

  3. Laura
    July 30, 2007 / 11:50 pm

    Ooh, I’ve made these ricotta gnocchi before too and they are good. Looking forward to trying to adapt them!

  4. steph
    July 31, 2007 / 6:18 am

    i haven’t participated in HHDD yet, but i think this month will be my first. you’ve picked a favorite in my house!

  5. joey
    July 31, 2007 / 3:14 pm

    I have always wanted to try my hand at gnocchi! Thanks for picking a great theme πŸ™‚

  6. Inne
    July 31, 2007 / 8:21 pm

    Haven’t made gnocchi myself for ages, so I’ll definitely give it a try for HHDD.

  7. Dolce
    August 1, 2007 / 4:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea!Have I got to follow Donna’s gnocchi recipe for participating or can I take any gnocchi recipe I want?

  8. Lynnylu
    August 1, 2007 / 7:20 pm

    thanks everyone for your comments. I hope to see your entries.Dolce-you can use any gnocchi recipe you want.

  9. Annemarie
    August 6, 2007 / 10:04 am

    I have two huge Italian cookbooks with dozens of gnocchi recipes between them, and though tempted to have never actually made them. The packages are too easy. What a great reason to get motivated and actually make gnocchi. Thanks!

  10. Lynnylu
    August 7, 2007 / 8:21 pm

    Looking forward to your entry, Annemarie.

  11. Dennis
    August 9, 2007 / 10:46 am

    Yesterday I made some gnocchi from potatoes, so a good reason to compete in HHDD πŸ™‚

  12. Lynnylu
    August 9, 2007 / 11:12 am

    Sounds great!

  13. The Cooking Ninja
    August 20, 2007 / 7:20 pm

    Too bad for me. πŸ™ I made my first gnocchi sometime back. Wish I could join this event. πŸ™

  14. Anonymous
    November 25, 2009 / 7:22 am

    I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.θ¬θ¬δ½ ηš„ζ–‡η« εˆ†δΊ«,θ«‹δ½ ζœ‰η©Ίεˆ°ζˆ‘ι¦¬εŸŽη•Œιš¨ζ„ιƒ¨θ½ζ Όεƒθ§€,Thanks

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