Posted by bettyboop50 at Recipe Goldmine May 10, 2001.
Makes about 120 dumplings - serves 6-8
3 cups cooked potatoes (cut potatoes into small cubes and boil until tender)
3 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons Italian parsley
5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup ricotta cheese (cottage cheese can be substituted)
1 cup parmesan cheese
4 egg whites
3 cups flour
Using a food processor (you may have to work in batches or cut the recipe in half unless you have an extremely large one) or an electric mixer, beat all ingredients together in order listed to form a sticky dough. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (you can make the dough a day ahead of time).
After dough has chilled, divide it into 8 pieces. On a well floured surface, roll each piece into a log about 1" thick. Cut the log into 1-inch pieces. Using your hands, roll each piece into a small ball. Store the balls in a single layer on a baking sheet (use wax paper between layers and stack, if necessary).
Bring a large pot of water (or 2 pots if you want to work more quickly) to a rapid boil. Working in batches, drop gnocchi into the water. Be careful, you only want to add enough so that they can't touch or stick together while cooking. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes (gnocchi will start to float as they cook). Remove cooked gnocchi with a slotted spoon or strainer. Store in an oiled bowl until all are cooked. Serve with the sauce of your choice.
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