Make: Gluten Free Gnocchi

by Cat on March 23, 2012

As a part of the QA with Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery, we asked her what some of her favorite gluten free recipes were. It happens that gnocchi is a cherished one and a great kid recipe. Maybe you can give it a whirl this weekend…  Happy Friday and weekend everyone!

Gluten Free Gnocchi with Brown Butter Emulsion

I struggled to make my gnocchi gluten free for some time but after I made these
for my son Leo, who also happens to be my harshest critic, he exclaimed, “Oh,
mommy, these are my new favorite!”

I couldn’t help but laugh because the solution I was looking for happened so
serendipitously. I went to bed the night before trying to figure out what I was
going to do with my left over mashed potatoes and as I drifted off, I saw a flash of
my grandmother making gnocchi, so I awoke the next morning– early and put the
mashed potatoes to the test. Like Leo said, they are my new favorite. I served
mine with a simple brown butter emulsion with plenty of Parmesan and sage, but
you can serve these with whatever sauce you like. For the colder months, I like
to spoon a hearty beef ragu over them that I then gratine in the broiler with plenty
of Gruyere.


1 ¼ lbs. day old mashed potatoes (recipe below)
½ cup tapioca flour
2 tablespoons millet flour
1 tablespoon guar gum
2 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
salt to taste

for the mashed potatoes:

4 medium sized Yukon gold potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons cultured butter
¼ – ½ cup 2% milk
salt to taste

Peel and cube your potatoes and then bring them to a boil in a 4 quart pot with
the salt. Boil until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and then return them to the
pot. Add the butter and milk and mash until there are no longer any lumps. The
potatoes should be very thick. Salt to taste. Refrigerate overnight in a glass bowl
covered with cellophane.

The next day, in a 9 x 13 sheet pan, flatten the mashed potatoes with a fork,
spreading them out evenly. Mash in the yolks and the pepper. Whisk flours
together in a separate bowl. In tablespoon increments, sprinkle the flour over the
potatoes and work in with the fork. By the third addition, you should be kneading
the dough by hand. Season the dough to taste with salt.

Dust the counter with more flour and knead the dough to smooth and is not
sticking whatsoever. You will have left over flour, so reserve for another batch.
Divide the dough into fourths and then roll into ropes about a foot long (12”)
and ½ inch wide. Cut each rope into equal sized segments and then roll each
segment into a ball. Press each ball in the with your thumb. Repeat until all the
gnocchi are formed. Cook immediately or cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 1
day before using. Freeze in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Brown Butter Emulsion:

1 stick of salted butter
½ cup water

Melt the butter in a saucepan. The moment you can no longer see any milk fats,
begin swirling the pan over the flame to brown the butter. The moment you see
brown flecks over the bottom of the pan, add the water and remove from the
heat. Blend with a wand mixer until emulsified. Pour over gnocchi and serve with
Parmesan and fresh sage.

Serves 4

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