Since my daughter is in the same Pre-K class that my son attended we knew about different activities that my family would be asked to participate in. Two years ago everything took us by surprise, but this time we were ready! One of the first ones in the year is Multicultural Night and I love this event! Our school is very diverse (most papers home come in English and Spanish) and is becoming more and more every year. Each family is asked to bring in a dish representing their ethnicity and then there are activities in each classroom.
My go-to potluck meal is gnocchies. When I was growing up I always requested them…everywhere we went. They were they only way that this (half) Italian girl would eat sauce (I was a buttered pasta kid). One day when I was in middle school (I think) my Aunt Deb taught me how to make them with my Grandma’s recipe. Now I use the term recipe lightly because these are significantly easier than one would ever imagine…just time consuming.
That’s it. Riccotta Cheese and Flour. Done. Maybe a sprinkle of salt.
The first step is to fill a large pot with water and put it on to boil. Then dump your container of Riccotta into a large mixing bowl.
After you do that fill your container with flour and add it to your bowl. This is where I add a sprinkle of salt, but do not feel obligated.
When you mix these two together you are going to get a pretty sticky dough. DO NOT add more flour! You are going to be rolling the dough out on a floured surface in meer moments!
Now like a said this is where we “roll” out the dough, in small sections, on a floured surface. My cutting boards were in the dishwasher so I had to suffer with a dinner plate. I just use my hands to flatten out the dough because your main purpose is to cover it and take away the stickyness.
Now you are going to pinch off small sections and roll them into a ball and add a dimple to the center. Some people think that this is just for looks, but it actually serves a purpose. This is where the sauce sits in the pasta 🙂 I love that!
Now here I have the raw gnocchies stacked but I do not advise this unless they are heavily floured! I was making and quickly cooking since it was past bedtime and all three kids were circling like vultures. You would think that I didn’t feed them!
Fresh pasta is different than store bought. It cooks much quicker (and tastes better!) When the water is boiling add a handful of raw gnocchies and DO NOT STIR! When they are fully cooked they will float to the surface and you can scoop them out add add to your sauce.
Gnocchies are amazing fresh, but just as good reheated! We put these in the crockpot to reheat before heading to Multicultural Night and they were gobbled up. In fact I have a small Tupperware container saved for my lunch tomorrow!
This is the plate that Liam (my picky 6 year old) made for himself. He finished this and went back for seconds (read: desserts) all on his own. My kids are finally hitting the age that I can let them go off on their own a little (he was pretty safe since we were in a daycare center) and I am so proud. When we came 2 years ago my husband and I were spazzy because we had a 4, 2 and 1 year old with us and everything was unfamiliar. Now we know all of the teachers and they all came up to talk to us. Our kids were running around with their friends and doing activities like making dessert sushi and playing Flag Freeze. As sad as it can be that they are growing up, it is AWESOME to see them turning into their own people.
Ah gnocchies…they basically just mean family to me. Is there a food that represents your family?