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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Potato, Ricotta,and Cream Cheese Gnocchi with Garlic Thyme sauce






Keeping up with the theme of cooking new things my family and I have never tasted, here is my latest.
Gnocchi, the name is funny and maybe hard for some people to pronounce. I was curious the first time I read about them on Wikipedia. There are many recipes for making these yummy little things.
This version has potato, ricotta and cream cheese. I loved the garlic thyme sauce I made for the Ratatouille so much, I just had to use it for drizzling over the gnocchi.

Potato Ricotta Cream Cheese Gnocchi

2 Roset Potatoes
1/8 cup of Whipped Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Ricotta
1 egg beaten
Flour (can't remember how much I used but used enough to make a dough :) I'll come back an edit, but start with about a third of a cup, add more little by little if you want the gnocchi to be more pasta like.

Garlic Thyme sauce
2 Tblsp
1 garlic clove minced
1 tsp Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste

Pierce the potatoes with a fork and wrap them with a paper towel and microwave until tender. Spoon out the potatos, make sure to get rid of the skins. Put the potatoes in a bowl and with a fork mash the potatoes and make sure there are no lumps, the mixture should'nt be runny, it should be a dry potato mixture. Set aside and let it cool.
Add the ricotta and with a spatula blend it in, then add the cream cheese, blend well. Then add the beaten egg, blend it in, yes is a bit messy.
Once all the ingredients are well combined you will then add the flour, sprinkle it in little by little. Until the mixture starts turning into a dough, knead until dough forms a ball.Shape small portions of the dough into long "snakes". On a floured surface, cut snakes into half-inch pieces. With a fork run the fork accross it to form lines (this is done either for decorating purposes or for the gnocchi to the sauces better.)
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Drop in gnocchi and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until gnocchi have risen to the top; drain and serve.


To make the Garlic Thyme sauce, combine olive oil, minced garlic, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Pour on top of gnocchi.

Enjoy!!

This was a hit with my family, and I'm proud of myself because I made pasta!

The flavor and texture and flavor of these Gnocchi remind me of Guanimos(Guaniomes), a Puetorican/Dominican dish I used to eat when I was a little girl. They are made almost the same way.

3 comments:

  1. Yummm girl! You make this all look so easy! LOL

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  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by, this was easy and fun. :) Have you tried this recipe?

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  3. jo...photography on your blog is goregous!!!!! AND can i tell you i want to jump into the page and lustfully eat all the gnoche!!! yumm!

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