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10 Ways to Use a Potato

Gnocchi is great for soup -- chicken noodle soup.
Gnocchi is great for soup -- chicken noodle soup.
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Even though you typically find it in the pasta section of your favorite Italian joint's menu, gnocchi is actually a potato dumpling. Pronounced "NYO-kee," it's made from potatoes, flour, egg and salt. Making gnocchi is a bit labor intensive but not too difficult. After cooking the potatoes, peel them while still warm. Next, run them through a ricer (or hand mash). Stir in flour, a bit of salt and a beaten egg to form dough. Knead the dough for a little while, and then roll out into a long sausage shape. Cut the roll into small pillow-like sections (about one inch, or 2.54 centimeters, long). Then simply drop them into salted, boiling water until they rise to the top (usually after about three minutes).

The best part about gnocchi? It's a blank canvas. Pair your gnocchi with just about any sauce -- tomato, pesto, brown butter and sage, or just a little bit of olive oil and salt.

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