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Beet and Potato Gnocchi-Gnocchi di Barbabietola

Soft and fluffy Beet and Potato Gnocchi are the perfect weekend cooking project. These vibrant and delicious gnocchi pair perfectly with a butter sage sauce.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Wrap beets with aluminum foil. Wash the potatoes and boil them until they are very soft (boil with peels on). When they are soft, time to mash the potato. You should use a ricer, if you have one or you could use a potato masher. You need to wait until the potatoes are a little cool, but they need to be not cold.
  • Bake beets for 75 minutes. When they are done, leave them on the the counter until they are cool enough to be able to handle.
  • Peel skin from potato and beets. Pass the potato through a ricer or a food mill. If you don't have a ricer or a food mill, use a fork, a masher or a box grater.
  • Put the peeled beets into a food processor and run until the beets are very smooth. Mix potato and beets in a big bowl and combine well.
  • Flour the surface of the counter, make a mound of potato and beets mixture and make a well in the middle. Add egg yolks, salt, pepper in the well and mix them very well with your hands.
  • Add 1/2 cup flour and mix into the potatoes. Keep adding 1/2 cup flour, mix and fold until the dough is still soft but dry enough to handle when you roll it.
  • Flour the counter again and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/2-inch diameter rope then cut into 3/4-inch long piece with a knife. If you have the time to make indentations on your gnocchi, press gently each pieces of gnocchi gently with a back of a large fork to make the ridges.
  • Set them aside on floured baking sheets with parchment paper or kitchen towel (not paper) and dust with more flour on top of the gnocchi.
  • At this point, you can freeze them on the baking sheets or cook them. Cook them in simmering hot water until the gnocchi rise to the water surface. Give them another minute in the water and remove them from the water. Toss them with olive oil. If you don't eat until later that day, you still need to cook them, coat with olive oil and refrigerate until time to eat. Right before you eat, reheat the gnocchi with hot water for 30 seconds.