I came across this recipe here. It calls for Yukon Gold potatoes over the standard Idaho Russets, no eggs, just some olive oil, and it uses “00” and cake flours. These gnocchi are light, fluffy, and crisp, encased in a very potato-ey crunch when fried.
Recipe slightly adapted by Paula Wolfert via—Food and Wine // Serves 4-6
kosher salt + some for sprinkling
2 pounds medium yukon gold potatoes
2/3 + 1/4 cup “00” flour, or all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cake flour
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound horse radish, finely grated
2 1/2 cups canola oil, for frying
Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread a 1-inch layer of salt in a small roasting pan. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and arrange them on the salt in a single layer. Bake until fork-tender, about 11/2 hours. Remove them from the oven and slit them lengthwise to release their steam.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. As soon as the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop their flesh into a ricer or tamis and rice the potatoes onto the paper towels in a shallow layer. Let cool completely.
Working over a medium bowl, sift the all-purpose and cake flours with a large pinch of salt. Measure out 4 lightly packed cups of the riced potatoes (1 pound), and transfer the potatoes to a work surface. Sprinkle the sifted flour mixture and grated horseradish over the potatoes and drizzle with the olive oil. Gently form the dough into a firm ball.
Test the gnocchi dough: Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil. Using your hands, form one 3/4-inch round (a single gnocco). Boil the gnoccountil it floats to the surface, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocco to a plate and let cool. It should be light and tender but still hold together. If the gnocco breaks apart in the boiling water, the dough has too little flour; add more. If the gnocco is tough and chewy, the dough has too much flour; cut in a little more of the reserved riced potatoes.
Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Divide the dough into quarters. Working with one piece at a time, gently roll the dough into a long rope about 1/2 inch wide. Using a sharp knife, cut the rope into 1/2-inch pieces. Roll each piece against the tines of a fork to make light ridges. Transfer the gnocchi to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Let the gnocchi stand at room temperature for 1 hour to dry.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Add half of the gnocchi at a time and boil over high heat until they rise to the surface, then cook for 15 seconds longer. Using a wire skimmer, transfer the gnocchi to the bowl of ice water. Drain on paper towels and pat dry. Toss with oil and refrigerate for up to 3 hours or freeze the gnocchi on baking sheets in a single layer. Transfer them to an airtight container or resealable plastic bags and freeze for up to six weeks.
Heat 2 1/2 cups of canola oil over medium heat in a 2 quart saucepot. Temperature of oil should be about 375°. Carefully drop the pre-boiled gnocchi in batches into the oil for about 4 minutes until each piece is evenly golden and crispy on the exterior. With a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer the crisp gnocchi to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with kosher salt immediately. Repeat steps in batches with the remaining.
Make the Dish // Serves 4-6
1-2 cups seedless black grapes
1 cup water
3 tb agave nectar, or cane sugar
2-3 scarlet red turnips, thinly sliced or shaven
1 bunch assorted greens, (arugula, baby spinach, frisee)
1 tb extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/4 pound goat gouda cheese, thinly shaved or grated
3 tb finely grated horseradish
salt and pepper
In a small saucepot, add the seedless black grapes, water, and agave until the skins of the grapes release their pigment, and the agave or sugar boils down into a syrup coating the deflated grapes, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and reserve.
Serve 7-9 gnocchi pieces per portion, plate with olive oil and lemon juice dressed greens, turnip shavings, and stewed grapes. Garnish with grated horseradish and goat cheese. Season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper and serve.