I remember watching the ever graceful Lidia Bastianich on her Italian cooking show stir sauces, roll pastas, saute seafood, and prepare her meals not as an eager self-absorbed and over confident chef, but as a passionately strong woman just wanting to share her traditions and love to anyone willing to listen.
I was mezorized by her ability to teach seemingly difficult executions with patients and perfection.
Salute to Lidia. Salute to traditions. Salute to passion.
Perfect pillows of gnocchi were my favorite technique Lidia taught. These will soon be your go-to pasta to make at home whenever you have those few potatoes floating around you don't know what to do with As always, best enjoyed preparing with those you love, having fun, and savoring the moments.
1 1/2 lbs mix of sweet potatoes and russet potatoes
1 c. (plus extra for dusting) flour
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp salt
pinch of fresh nutmeg
1TBLS Olive oil
Pierce potatoes and bake in a 400 degree oven about an hour or until soft.
Scoop out warm potato and whip until smooth. Cool for 20-25 minutes
Add flour, salt, nutmeg and egg yolk and kneed until dough forms.
Cut each rope into 3/4" pieces
With a floured fork, roll each piece down the fork while pressing gently and allowing the pasta to slightly concave.
|The pillows are ready to cook!|
To cook: bring salted water to rolling boil and gently add pasta. Cook about 4 minutes or until it rises to the surface. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Add favorite sauce and devour.