Monday, April 25, 2011

Gnocchi Fritti

   Verona....a beautiful city in north Italy, I've been there two weeks ago ..visited (la casa di julietta ) Juliette House and  took a photo just under her balcony which witnessed the legendary love story ...ROMEO &JULIETTE ...Sigh!!!

   Back to our gnocchi fritti...I ate them there and was a lovely treat.
it is a type of fried   dough..which can be a type of dessert or  you can simply stuff it with salami or cheese..Yummmmy !

Let's see how easy is it..
Partially adapted from GialloZafferano

  1.      Water 180 mL( warm)
  2.      Flour   500 gr
  3.      Brewer's yeast  12 gr   (half a cube) 
  4.    Salt 10 gr
  5.     margarine 70 gr 
  6. . Sugar 1 teaspoon

To prepare the( fried dumplings), a bowl, crumble in the yeast, add the teaspoon of sugar then add 50 ml of warm water(from the total amount): Melt the yeast, stirring well with a spoon.
then add 2 tablespoons of flour ,to form a very soft batter  which let it rest for half an hour. After the half hour add the remaining flour in a large bowl and add the batter.

add your margarine ,add your  10 grams of salt in about 125 ml of warm water , when the salt is dissolved pour all the water inside the bowl and begin kneading
When the liquid has been completely incorporated into the  flour , transfer the dough on a floured board and knead until it becomes smooth and homogeneous , so keep the dough forms a ball, and cross-slit  it.

  place your dough in a large bowl that you have previously oiled , seal the bowl with plastic wrap . Let rise for about 2 hours in a warm place. until the dough has nearly tripled the volume.

After the time necessary, remove the dough and knead on a floured surface. and roll it out into a sheet  about 3 mm , with a cutter blade  cut your gnocchi  squares of 8-10 cm wide ....or as small or big as desired .

Now make a pot, with plenty of oil and let it warm up (19).
Dip a few gnocchi at a time in 'oil  fry, remove them with  and put the fried dumplings to dry on a paper towel to remove' excess oil.
Serve your fried dumplings still hot with a nice platter of mixed sausages, bacon and some cheese with which you are going to fill them after they have been cut in half .... Enjoy!

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