Gnocchi, aka potato playdough

Dustyfeet and I made gnocchi for dinner tonight. I’ve never seen gnocchi in the shops here in Gulf Town, so if we want it, we have to make our own. It’s another of those wonderful squishy sensory experiences!

Here’s my recipe, roughly:

Peel and cut three medium potatoes into chunks. Boil them until soft, then mash them.

Throw in a pile of flour (I just guess – maybe a cup to start with, then keep adding more) and an egg, and mix it all together.

Knead in more flour. This is the stage where toddlers like to get involved. Dustyfeet really liked the texture of the potato dough and was happy to spend some time squeezing it and helping to work in the flour.

When the dough is workable and not too sticky, sprinkle a large tray with flour, take pieces of the dough and roll them into snakes. Cut the snakes into small pieces with a blunt knife, teaching your toddler how to use a knife at the same time.

Spread the pieces out on the floured tray and put them aside until you are ready to cook them.

Cook half the gnocchi at a time in rapidly boiling water. They are cooked when they rise to the surface, and you can scoop them out with a slotted spoon.

Serve with the sauce of your choice. We had tomatoes and olives in ours. Dustyfeet liked the olives but was very suspicious of the gnocchi. Perhaps she thinks you shouldn’t actually EAT playdough?

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