Gnocchi? kopytka? or poor man’s cornbread?

gnocchi in tomato sauce with grated parmezan cheese

gnocchi in tomato sauce with grated parmezan cheese

This is not the first time I have tried to make kopytka/gnocchi and it’s probably not the last time it didn’t quite work out as expected..

The recipe instructed me to use :
1 kilo of potatoes cooked and THEN peeled
1 egg
300 grams plain flour

and some grated parmezan cheese, some of which I added to the mixture (about 80 grams) and the rest was sifted over my homemade tomato sauce on the gnocchi.

So I improvised a bit; in addition to the one kilo of potatoes I added one large sweet potato (cooked and THEN peeled). I then decided that since the sweet potato weighed over half a kilo, I should add a bit more flour and another egg.

Aghh! I think that is where I got it wrong.

Two eggs later and I had a mixture which was sticking to my fingers even after adding 200 more grams of flour. Ok, so I used semolina flour which might not work so well for this but I am not a flour expert.

So, after adding even more flour (I had run out of semolina flour so added up to 100 grams of spelt flour), I was more or less able to make a sausage shape patty, but which was still loath to part from the wooden board it was on. This is what it looked like in the making:

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And these are the results. I dropped them into a large saucepan of slightly salted boiling water and they cooked for between four and five minutes.

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They were too large in size to start with and because they were such hell to make I decided to experiment again and more or less poured the remainder of the mixture onto a baking tray and baked it in the oven for 25 mins on about 190c. This is what came out..

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baked mush

baked mush

looks about done

looks about done

In an effort to make it look somewhat more appetizing, I added a few pickled cornichons and onions.. Served with a glass of good red wine, it certainly went down better.

try and make it look appealing

try and make it look appealing

For a more satisfying dish including sweet potato, check out my baked sweet potato with tomato, black beans and avocado

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2 responses to “Gnocchi? kopytka? or poor man’s cornbread?

  1. ania Regan Olsen

    You don’t need to ‘ try’ to make the ‘kopyta’ and the baked ‘mush’ look appealing, they really do look appealingly tasty (and fun I liked the big bits of mush). What hard work ! Surely equivalent to a ten mile run ??? Love the pics, they’re so artistic and prof.

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