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Little Parsley Gnocchi

Gnocchetti di Prezzemolo
These little potato and parsley dumplings are so easy to make, and they are the perfect first course.


1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks)

1 large bunch leeks, white part only, thinly sliced

1 pound mealy potatoes

1 to 1 -1/2 cups semolina flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely minced parsley


Melt the butter in a large sauce pan; stir in the leeks and cook them over medium heat until theyare very creamy, about 20 minutes.  Covertthe pan and keep the sauce warm.

Microwave the potatoes; while warm, peel and rice them into a bowl.  Add the flour a little at a time, with the salt, to create a ball of dough that holds together.  Work in the parsley.

Divide into 4 pieces; roll each piece into a 14-inch long rope the thickness of your middlefinger.  Cut 1/2-inch pieces and rolleach off the tines of a floured fork. Place the gnochetti in single rows on floured towels.

Bring 4 quarts ofwater to a boil and cook the gnocchi a dozen at a time until they bob to thetop; remove them with a slotted spoon to the saucepan with the melted butter and leek sauce.

When all the gnocchetti are cooked, toss them over low heat in the sauce until well-coated.  Serve immediately.

As seen in Program 1922




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