Different than potato gnocchi, this gnocchi is made with semolina flour and is enriched with milk and egg yolks. This gnoc...
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I made this tonight. It was EXCELLENT and so easy too. I made it with the basic tomato sauce and it was sooooo good. Thank you so much for this one. One question..there is 1 to 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp that I didn't see what to do with in the instructions. Where was this supposed to go?
Thanks Kimberly! Another question for you; to reduce the total prep time I was considering freezing instead of refrigerating for 2 hrs. Can you let me know if there is any reason I should not do it this way? If it's ok, how long would you suggest freezing instead?
Refrigerating helps the starch to gel and set. It may not take 2 hours but I think it is better than putting the mixture in the freezer. The mixture can be made up to 2 days in advance so you can prep this well ahead of time. If you freeze it, the mixture may be harder to cut and the ice crystals that form will have to thaw out in the oven...making the baking time longer. The rounds might also be a bit soggy. Best to prep ahead of time and skip the freezer. Cheers!
Here is a link to semolina on wikipedia that you may find helpful. In short, here is what they say:
"Semolina is coarsely ground grain, usually wheat, with particles mostly between 0.25 and 0.75 mm in diameter. The same milling grade is sometimes called farina, or grits if made from maize. It refers to two very different products: semolina for porridge is usually steel-cut soft common wheat whereas "durum semolina" used for pasta or gnocchi is coarsely ground from either durum wheat or other hard wheat, usually the latter because it costs less to grow.
Non-durum semolina porridge or farina has come to be known in the United States by the trade name Cream of Wheat.
They are the same basically just depends on where you are.".
Thank you Dawn. i find this a bit confusing (obviously).
So it seems to me that semolina gnocchi are quite similar to rounds of polenta, except that polenta is corn, rather than wheat.
"Cream of wheat" or "wheatlets" wouldn't work in this recipe because it is not made from hard wheat. I ask because I have these in my pantry and was wondering if I could substitute it for the semolina. I hope I have this right!
James, the answer is yes! Simply place the fresh gnocchi on cookie sheets and freeze them individually. Then you can package them in individual portions or family meal bags. A great quick meal during the week. When your ready to cook them, right to the boiling water with no thawing. When the float, they are ready. Test to see if you may need additional time. Brown butter and sage sauce is great as is tomato based sauces.
Cooked polenta can be spread, on a tray, into any shape you desire and allowed to firm-up on the counter. Thickness is normally not more than 1/2 inch. Once firm, cut into pices, freeze individually, place in containers and to the freezer. When desired, bring down from the freezer. Polenta takes very little time to thaw. Classically, a little olive oil or butter in a pan, a quick fry, add cooked sauage, tomato sauce and a meal is ready. Hope this is a help, best regards from North Carolina.
Good answer Terry, I will just add that one can also reheat them by steaming them. In this case it would be best to place a piece of parchment or something on the bottom of the steamer so that they don't stick (see the Steaming lessons for more information on that). Cheers!
I was wondering how firm this gnocchi should be when finished? I expected slightly firm to the tooth and it was very soft and fell apart when served with a sauce. There was an almost over powering taste of butter and when cooled separated slightly. My thoughts are:
1. I know my butter and milk quantities were correct, I weighed the butter and carefully measured the milk
2. I opened a new bag of semolina and poured into a measuring scoop rather than the "scoop and level" method. I may have been off by 2-4 tbs. of semolina
3. I didn't measure the cheese - it is possible that the fat that is separating is from too much cheese.
4. I divided the recipe in 1/2 so I may need to adjust for this dish
Then there is the possibility that this is the way it should be - I've only had gnocchi a few times and never without potatoes. I liked it very much (spouse man didn't, but as long as he gets his beef meals for Sunday supper he doesn't care, and he really thanks you for the improvement in steaks and roasts since I've started with Rouxbe). I want to try again with both this recipe and the one with potatoes.
Hi Merna- Thank you for detailed description of the process you followed. The semolina gnocchi is a bit softer and can be more tender than potato gnocchi, so the dish itself does reflect these qualities.
However, you can make this firmer by cooking the semolina a bit longer up-front or making sure you get the mixture nice and thick after you incorporate the egg. Make sure you stir to keep it from scorching or sticking. A bit more semolina may also tighten this up considerably- so 2-4 Tbsp may actually make a big difference in consistency. So, if it seems loose, just add a bit more to thicken it.
The cheese in this case mostly acts as a binder, so I don't think it contributed negatively to the outcome.
I hope this helps, good luck next time!