Serves: 4 – 6
This is an exceptional dish.
Visually beautiful, restaurant quality.
My mother gave me the recipe and we cooked it last weekend; my mother said it was the best gnocchi I would ever cook and hands down, she was right.
An essential key to it is the gnocchi, where instead of mixing through the flour when the gnocchi is hot, in this recipe, you allow the gnocchi to cool completely. The result is a light and fluffy gnocchi, completely unlike the hard, floury gnocchi we are so used to eating.
It is almost as if they are not there.
The sauce is fabulous; rich, warm, filling.
With some shaved pecorino to serve, this is a dinner party keeper where everyone will ask you for the recipe only a few bites in. It just comes together.
5 large baking or mashing potatoes
2+ cups flour
Salt and pepper
1½ cups frozen peas, defrosted
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Pinch of chili flakes
125gm prosciutto, cut into lardons
2 cups Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
½ bunch chives, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 200 C and bake the potatoes for 1 hour or until tender.
- While the potatoes are still hot peel and pass them through a ricer or food mill on to an oven tray lined with baking paper, and then refrigerate until very cold.
- Beat together the eggs, ¾ cup grated Parmesan and 1+ tbsp salt and pour on to the potatoes. Cover the potatoes with 2+ cups flour and mix all together with fingers until the dough is homogeneous and slightly moist, adding more flour (and salt) if necessary.
- Form the dough into long ropes about 3cm thick, cut into 2 cm lengths, cover generously with flour, place in a single layer on paper dusted with flour and either use or freeze immediately. [NB: once frozen the gnocchi can be stored in plastic bags indefinitely, and can go directly from the freezer into salted boiling water.]
- Sauté the garlic and chilli flakes in some olive oil and then discard the garlic when it becomes golden brown.
- Add the prosciutto and sauté until it begins to become crispy.
- Add the mushrooms, sauté, and season with salt and pepper.
- Add the stock and simmer until it has reduced by half.
- Add the butter and peas and correct the seasoning.
- Drop half the gnocchi into boiling salted water and cook until they float and become puffy. Drain the gnocchi and add to the sauce.
- Add 4 tbsp grated parmesan and the chives, and serve with more grated parmesan or pecorino if you have it.