Taken from The Silver Spoon
- this is like an Italian Good Housekeeping, a staple recipe book in our kitchen!
I've never had gnocchi made from bread before, so was intrigued to give it a go. The recipe was very simple - no more than 30mins from starting to serving - but I did find the finished dish a little monotonous in flavour. I think it might be better to serve 4 along with something else.
150g day-old bread (this was 3 thick slices of my home-made)
40g Parmesan, grated
50g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- Tear the bread into small pieces and place in a large bowl with the milk. Set aside until the milk has been fully absorbed (you might need to stir this).
- Wash the spinach & then cook it in the water clinging to its leaves after washing. This takes about 5 mins in a pan with the lid on. Drain & squeeze out as much water as possible, then chop.
- Melt 10g of the butter in a large frying pan, then add the spinach & 20g of the Parmesan. Cook for a few minutes stirring occasionally. (I wonder if some garlic might be nice here too...)
- Add the spinach mixture to the bread, add the flour and the egg, and mix well.
- Lightly dust a surface with flour, then roll the mixture out into a sausage shape. Divide into equal-sized pieces (I made 10 in total). Roll the pieces in flour so they're no longer sticky.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the gnocchi one at a time. They take a few minutes to cook - when they rise to the surface they're ready. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon & place in your serving dish.
- Melt the remaining butter in the frying pan, and drizzle it over the gnocchi. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the top too, and stir.
- Serve immediately :-)
This recipe tastes even better made with vegetables from Community Harvest Whetstone