Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumkpin dumplings (gnocchi)


500 gr pumpkin.
some flour
one egg
250 gr ricotta cheese
one boiled potato

Remove the pumpkin seeds and cut it into chunks. Cook the pumpkin either in the microwave (about 10 minutes) or in the oven (200ยบ, will take a bit longer), then peel it (it's easier to peel once cooked). Pass it in the vegetable mill or masher or whatever device meant for mashing potatoes. (here is one example). Do not use any electrical food processor because they will alter the texture. Mash the potato as well.
Incorporate the ricotta cheese, the egg, salt and some flour (the right amount will depend on the type of pumkin and other factors). The texture should be not quite solid, not quite liquid (you have to be able to form dumplings with a spoon without them sticking to the spoon).
Boil them in water till they come back to surface, then take them out of water, one by one, with a slotted spoon.

Serve them with melted butter and smoked ricotta (or parmesano cheese).