Saturday, January 29, 2011

Beet-Asiago Gnocchi

With one large beet in my fridge and a beet-themed dinner in the future, I decided to make a beet-asiago gnocchi for dinner. Most people roll their gnocchi dough into a thick straw and cut the gnocchi; in Italy I was taught to hand-form them, so mine look less uniform.

For this batch I used 1 large beet and about 10 small Yukon gold potatoes. Scrub the beet and potatoes then towel-dry. Roll them in olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and roast in a 350 degree oven until they are fork-tender. Let cool slightly. Rub the skin from the beet. I leave the skin on the potatoes, but feel free to peel yours if you don't want the texture.

Using a potato masher, begin to smash the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Shred the beets into the potato mixture and keep mashing. Add two pats of butter, one beaten egg, and mash until smooth. Stir in 1 C of shaved asiago. Then mix in flour, slowly, until you get a medium (not stiff, but not too sticky either) dough. Usually I add about 3/4 C by the time I'm done.

Using about 1/2 teaspoon of dough, with floured hands, I form a ball and flatten it slightly with fork tines.  I cook the gnocchi in chicken stock for added flavor.  Once your broth - or water - has come to a boil, gently drop the gnocchi in the pot.  They will float when they are cooked.  Because this is a fresh pasta, it cooks very quickly, maybe a minute or two.  Remove the gnocchi with a slotten spoon and place in a colander to drain a bit more.
To highlight the subtle flavor of these gnocchi, I served them simply - with a sprinkling of sea salt, drizzled with olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar, and a bit of shaved asiago cheese.  Buon appetito!

*10/31/2013 Update: Linked to Carole's Chatter Beet Linky Party*

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5 comments:

  1. I've never heard of beet gnocchi before, fabulous! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  2. I might actually be able to get my husband to eat beets (which I love, he hates) if I use them in this way! Great recipe. Thanks!

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  3. These look so bright and I bet they are delicous and healthy!

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  4. totally gorgeous! i love gnocchi and i love beets! could you pop over and make some of these for me later?:) thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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  5. Camilla, they sound amazing! I love gnocchi, and the combination of the asiago and beet in yours sound out of this world! Thank you so much for another mind-blowing culinary contribution to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Jenn/Rook No. 17

    Happy Valentines' Day, my friend!!

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