I make gnocchi with potato, thats the norm, I thought what if I add celery with the potato, I am not a huge celery fan, especially cooked celery I prefer it raw. The gnocchi turned out great, subtle celery flavor and the sauce incorporates the celery leaves and tender parts of the stalk as well as parsley, mint and garlic sauteed in butter and olive oil. —sdebrango
large outer stalks of celery cleaned and chopped into 2 inch pieces
large potato (I used russet)peeled and sliced in thick pieces
large egg at room temperature
large pot of boiling water that is salted
celery seed (optional to intensify celery flavor)
celery leaves with tender thin parts of the stalk finely chopped
flat leaf parsley chopped
fresh mint chopped
clove garlic minced
splash of olive oil for skillet
butter (salted or unsalted your choice)
Slice potato and celery and boil together. boil until they are very soft, drain and let cool in the strainer until they are just warm, press with a fork to remove any liquid. Add to food processor and process until smooth, add egg, salt, optional celery seed and 2 cups flour. Pulse until you have a cohesive but somewhat sticky dough add more flour and pulse if its too sticky. Dump the remaining cup of flour onto work surface and plop the dough on the flour, knead until you have a soft dough incorporating all or most of the flour. Let dough rest for 15- 30 minutes.Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add enough salt so that the water is salty. Dust surface with more flour and cut dough into 8 pieces cover dough you are not working with with a clean kitchen towel. Roll a piece of dough with your hands until it forms a long (like a thick dowel) cylinder shape, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces, If you want to get fancy roll each piece on the back side of a fork so you have tine marks, place gnocchi on floured sheet pan, dust with a little more flour, and cover until ready to cook, continue until all dough is used. This makes a substantial amount of gnocchi so use what you need for a meal place the others on a floured parchment lined baking sheet in one layer and freeze. Transfer to a freezer bag. Put the gnocchi in the boiling water and stir to separate them, they are done when they float to the top, remove with strainer and add directly to skillet with the sauce.
Heat olive oil in skillet, add garlic and saute until soft add the butter and when butter has melted add the herbs, stir to combine and cook for about 2 minutes. Saute the gnocchi in the sauce for a minute or two, top with grated parmigiano or romano cheese.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.