11 February, 2007

gnocchi anyone?

Yesterday I was hungry and decided to make some potato gnocchi. I've made other kinds of gnocchi before and it always turns out yummy. I envisioned the the finished product (gnocchi with blue cheese sauce!) and started on this venture.

I was too lazy to go to the small fruit and vegetable market (my first mistake...) since the super mercadona (super market) was close to my house, so I was not able to but just 500g of potatoes, instead I had to buy a 2 kilo bag of them. I did the math (my second mistake...) and just figured that I would make a double batch of the gnocchi since I never eat potatoes and didn't want the leftover potatoes rotting in my cabinet.

I got home and because the potatoes were certainly not organic I had to peel them (as peelings contain the bulk of pesticides). After this I had to cut and then boil the potatoes. Whenthe potatoes were cooked I measured the 2.5 cups of flour to mix with the potatoes to make the "dough". I realized that there were ALOT of potatoes, but figured "oh well, I will just have gnocchi for the week". I started mixing the flour into the potatoes with my hand since we don't have a mixer. I mixed and mixed until the flour was gone and the "dough" was still completely sticky...I thought well, I'll just add a little more...

This went on and on until I figured something was really wrong! I had already added about 1.5 cups more flour than the recipe called for and it was still a long way from being "un-sticky". I looked at the recipe again and then it hit me...um...500g does not equal 1 kilo. One kilo is 1,000 g! I had made a guadruple batch! I then added about 1.5 cups more flour and it finally was ready, but by then I was sick and tired of the stupid process and I seriously considered dumping the whole HUGE batch in the trash. Of course I can't bring myself to be that wasteful, so I spent the next hour and a half rolling the dough into long ropes, cutting them into small pieces and rolling each piece with a fork to make the little indentions that when prepared will provide a place for the sauce to stick to...

I had to freeze them since there was way to much to eat at once. The good thing is that I now have gnocchi for about a year...the bad thing is that I have yet to eat any of it because I am still sulking from the process of making them. I will probably have a big dinner and use them all at once so I don't have to think about it anymore...

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