Gnocchi is a variety of pasta that consists of thick and soft dough dumplings that can be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, cornmeal or similar ingredients. They may include herbal, vegetable, cocoa, or prune flavorings.
Most often, the dough for gnocchi is rolled out before being cut into small pieces about the size of a wine cork. Then, the little dumplings are pressed with a fork or a cheese grater to make ridges that can accommodate sauce. Given its hearty nature, gnocchi pairs well with a variety of sauces.
Gnocchi is eaten as an alternative to soups or pasta as a first course. Popular gnocchi accompaniments include melted butter with sage, pesto, and various other sauces. Gnocchi is usually handmade in immigrant households of Italian and German descent.
About Italian Potato Gnocchi Recipe
Gnocchi and pasta may not seem all that different at first sight; in fact, they typically look quite the same. Just like pasta, you can serve gnocchi with a range of sauces and toppings like cheese, tomato sauce, cream, or pesto.
Although gnocchi originated in Italy, there are other types of gnocchi that have different variations. It is now a dish that is popular around the world.
Modern gnocchi is relatively straightforward, much like pasta, which is why they are served with hearty sauces. Some chefs, however, can create “flavored” gnocchi, like pumpkin gnocchi, for a fresh twist on this classic.
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