When I was a kid, I would go over to my Grams and stay with her during the weekends. It was just me and her; we would sit on the couch and watch "As the World Turns" eating cheese and crackers. We would go for walks up to the grocery store and then to the corner store to play her numbers. Gram did not drive so we either walked or we would take the trolley around town. She taught me to eat and laugh! I love my Gram's so much and I am so lucky to have her be not only my Gram's but my best bud!
I loved watching her in the Kitchen making pasta and sauce. I would hover over the stove to grab the first taste of her sauce with a thick piece of bread. I wanted to learn how she made pasta so she would patiently teach me how to crack an egg gently into the flour and knead it into the dough. Her cute wrinkly hands would slowly move the dough around until she liked the consistency of it. She would roll out the dough will a rolling pin and start cutting it into the gnocchi shapes. Rolling the little pieces of dough with a fork in her hand was so cool to watch.
I thought after watching her for years make pasta that I had it down... Ya No I didn't have it down at all. It was a disaster every time I would try to make it on my own. By this time, I am all grown up and living outside of the Burgh. I would call Gram all of the time so she could walk me through making the darn dough. I am happy to say that I finally mastered the art of making Gnocchi's! My family go crazy when they see me grab a bag of potatoes, they know what I am going to do!
4 Cups of Flour
Peel potatoes and cut into cubes. Boil in water until soft. Transfer into your kitchenaid, let cool then whip them until a mash potatoe consistenty. Slowly add your flower and use your bread hook from your kitchenaid. Next, add eggs, salt and contiue to knead the dough slowly. When all flour has been added feel the dough make sure it is a tiny bit sticky but not too much. Transfer dough onto a clean floured surface and cut into sections. Do not handle your dough to much, you do not want it to get too sticky. Roll out your dough into long snake like pieces then cut into pieces. Roll each piece with a fork on your hand. Do this with all of your dough, putting the rolled pieces on a baking tray. Boil water and add salt. When water is boiled drop your rolled pieces of dough into the water and wait for them to float to the top. Continue until you cook what you want for dinner.
The extra rolled Gnocchi's can be frozen then transfered into a ziplock bag for another meal!
We like either butter, parm cheese and garlic salt on our Gnocchi's or we like red spagetti sauce! Yum.... Let me know how it turns out for you!