Make gnocchi ‘extra’ with special ingredients

Leah Eskin
Chicago Tribune

Extra means more, as well as more than more.

Tired of sidekick duty, chiming in on extra special and extra clean, Extra is going solo.

Of course, Extra still works its day job, cheering on adjectives and

redoubling the efforts of nouns.

It notes that gnocchi, delicious solo, are extra delicious paired with extra elements, such as spicy greens, toasted mushrooms and truffle salt. The combo adds up to more than

the sum of its parts. In a word, it’s


Gnocchi With Greens

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 1 minute

Makes: 3 servings


1 large (3/4 pound) russet potato, scrubbed

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground nutmeg

Up to 1/2 cup cake flour

For toasting

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced white mushrooms

2 teaspoons rosemary, fresh or dried, chopped

To finish

3 ounces baby arugula

Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Truffle salt

Parmesan cheese, in a chunk

Bake: Stab potato twice with a sharp knife. Bake at 425 degrees until tender when squeezed, 55-60 minutes. Alternatively, zap tender, 5-6 minutes. Halve baked potato and press through a potato ricer. Discard skin.

Mix: Drop yolk onto potatoes, scatter on 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grates of nutmeg. Stir with a fork, just to combine. Sprinkle on 2 or

3 tablespoons flour, and mix gently to form a soft dough, adding flour as needed — you might only need half the flour.

Roll: Divide dough in four. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick rope. Slice crosswise into 1-inch segments. With tines resting on table, roll each gnocco down the back of the fork, pressing lightly, to imprint grooves.

Boil: Drop gnocchi into simmering salted water in batches. Gnocchi will sink, then, in about 1 minute, float. Count 10 seconds. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and cool on a kitchen towel.

Sizzle: In a wide skillet, heat

butter and oil over medium. Slide in gnocchi and mushrooms; sprinkle with rosemary. Toss until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Pull out with a slotted spoon, and toss with half the vinaigrette.

Plate: Toss greens with vin-

aigrette to taste. Heap on each of

3 plates. Spoon gnocchi and mushrooms on top. Sprinkle with truffle salt. Carve on some Parmesan curls and enjoy.


Let 2 tablespoons chopped red onion mellow in 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar for 20 minutes. Whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and a little garlic mashed with salt.