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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ricotta Gnocci - The First Daring Cook's Challenge!

The Daring Baker's has grown and expanded to the new website, The Daring Kitchen, and a new group has also sprouted - The Daring Cooks! I decided to jump at the chance to join another monthly food blogging event and was excited that the first recipe was something I had never tried - Ricotta Gnocci. I haven't been this late for a Daring challenge - the recipe was due today and I made it today!

The first challenge of the Daring Cooks was hosted by Daring Kitchen founders Ivonne of Creampuffs in Venice and Lis of La Mia Cucina who have chosen a recipe from the stunning cookbook by Judy Rodgers, named after her restaurant, The Zuni Café Cookbook.

I don't have too much time to post right now so I'll get right to it - go here for the recipe and lovely photos from other Daring Cooks!

The recipe consists of using ricotta cheese and draining it, adding some egg, butter, parmesan, nutmeg or any other flavoring you choose, and forming tender gnocci shaped dumplings in flour, and then boil for about 5 minutes until cooked through. The result is extremely delicate, light, and tasty gnocci, much different from the traditional flour/potato gnocci I've had in the past! I had a little trouble making the test gnocci and eventually had to add some flour to get my gnocci to not fall apart while boiling, and they came out fine after that.

I flavored mine with nutmeg and served them simply with salt, pepper, and onions sauteed in butter, with a tablespoon of pesto which was a great addition. Thanks for the lovely recipe! We severed ours with homemade baked chicken fingers and asparagus.


  1. That looks awesome Anne! How do you do your baked chicken fingers? I am looking for some new chicken recipes.

  2. Nobody would ever know you put yourself through that much pressure. The gnocchi look divine.

  3. Hi Jessica! I was using this recipe from Martha Stewart -it makes really tender strips and you only need rice krispies!