The Meat-free Monday supper you need to learn to make

2017-03-13 06:00

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Making your own gnocchi is easier than you think – and deeply satisfying. This version with sage butter and chilli is comfort food at its best… and a firm family favourite.

1. Start by preheating the oven to 180 C. Place 800 g unpeeled potatoes on a baking tray and roast for 45 minutes, or until tender. Cut each potato in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl. For a silky-smooth consistency, put the potato flesh through a potato ricer twice. Add 1 free-range egg, 300 g cake flour and 1 t freshly ground nutmeg. Season to taste and mix gently. The mixture should be soft.

2. Gently dust a clean surface and your hands with flour. Take a handful of potato and gently roll into a log – use just enough flour. The log should be about 2cm thick. Using a sharp knife, cut off pieces about 2cm in length – don’t let them touch each other – and keep going until you’ve used up all the mixture.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook 10 gnocchi pieces at a time. Remove using a slotted spoon when they rise to the surface.

4. To make the sage butter, melt 125 g butter with 8 sage leaves in a pan. Add 3 crushed garlic cloves and cook until the butter goes golden brown. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon and add 1 chopped red chilli (if you like a bit of heat). Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5. To serve, place the gnocchi on a platter and spoon over the sage butter. Scatter with Parmesan.


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