Anna Klinger’s Malfatti (Ricotta and Swiss Chard Dumplings)

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Serves 6

We are extermely blessed here at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center to be neighbots of Chef Anna Klinger and Al Di La. Her Malfatti Dumplings are divine and renown throughout New York City and beyond.

Ingredients

1 pound ricotta
4 bunches Swiss Chard, stemmed, chopped and blanched
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter (1 stick softened)
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
4 egg yolks
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, freshly ground
24 fresh sage leaves
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Directions

Place the ricotta in a cheesecloth-lined strainer and set over a bowl. Place in the refrigerator and let drain overnight for at least 18 hours. Place 1¼ cup of the drained ricotta in a bowl and reserve any remaining ricotta for use another time. Place the blanched Swiss chard in a food processor and pulse until chopped fine. Place the chard in the large bowl with the ricotta. Add the softened stick of butter (8 tablespoons), flour, nutmeg, egg yolks and egg and season with salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Scoop out a small amount and shape into an oval by using two spoons. Lightly dust the dumpling with flour and place on a lightly floured baking sheet. Continue with remaining dough until all dough is used, approximately 40 pieces.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the dumplings and cook until they float, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from pot and set on a baking sheet. In the meantime, heat the remaining butter in a large skillet on medium high heat and stir until the butter begins to turn light brown. Add the sage leaves, coating with the butter and cooking until the leaves are crisp, about 1 minute. Place the cooked dumplings on plates, drizzle with the butter and garnish with fried sage leaves and freshly grated parmesan.

Baked Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Bacon in a Sage Cream Sauce

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound Potato Gnocchi, cooked (recipe follows)
1½ cups butternut squash, roasted, peeled and cubed small
3 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup purple or Tuscan kale, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
Salt
Pepper
Nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed. Grease a shallow pan (one that the mixture will fit in compactly, not closely). Place the mixture in the greased shallow pan and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Potato Gnocchi

Makes 2 pounds Gnocchi

Ingredients

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and baked
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mash the potatoes and push through a ricer or food mill. Place the smooth potatoes in a mound on a cutting board. Drizzle a little more than half the egg and sprinkle half the flour over the top. Using a bench scraper, slowly incorporate the egg and flour into the potato by pushing the scraper under and over the mixture, until all of the egg and flour is incorporated. The dough should become moist and pillowy, not sticky (small amounts of flour can be added to the dough to keep it from getting sticky).
When all the ingredients appear mixed, do a final mixing using hands to make sure all ingredients are incorporated and that dough had become soft and pillowy. Cut dough into 10 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope about the thickness of an index finger. Dust with flour as needed.

Proceed with shaping the gnocchi using one of the gnocchi methods, such as the Traditional Fork Method, the Gnocchi or Cavatelli Board Method, or simple Rope & Cut Method.

Potato Gnocchi

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Makes 2 pounds Gnocchi

Ingredients

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and baked
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mash the potatoes and push through a ricer or food mill. Place the smooth potatoes in a mound on a cutting board. Drizzle a little more than half the egg and sprinkle half the flour over the top. Using a bench scraper, slowly incorporate the egg and flour into the potato by pushing the scraper under and over the mixture, until all of the egg and flour is incorporated. The dough should become moist and pillowy, not sticky (small amounts of flour can be added to the dough to keep it from getting sticky).
When all the ingredients appear mixed, do a final mixing using hands to make sure all ingredients are incorporated and that dough had become soft and pillowy. Cut dough into 10 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope about the thickness of an index finger. Dust with flour as needed.

Proceed with shaping the gnocchi using one of the gnocchi methods, such as the Traditional Fork Method, the Gnocchi or Cavatelli Board Method, or simple Rope & Cut Method.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce and Shaved Chestnuts

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Serves 8

Ingredients

3 (1¼ lbs) Yukon gold potatoes
1 (¾ lb) sweet potato
1½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 large egg
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
13 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus more for serving
½ stick unsalted butter
1 cup sage leaves (from 1 bunch)
Roasted chestnuts, shaved

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Pierce russet and sweet potatoes in several places with a fork, and bake until just tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool potatoes slightly, then peel and force through ricer onto sheet pan, spreading in an even layer. Cool potatoes completely. Lightly flour 2 large baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Beat together egg, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Gather potatoes into a mound on sheet pan, and form a well in center. Pour egg mixture into well and knead into potatoes. Knead in cheese and 1½ cups flour, adding more flour as necessary, until mixture forms a smooth, but slightly sticky dough. Dust top lightly with flour. Cut dough into 6 pieces. Form 1 piece of dough into a ½-inch-thick rope on a lightly floured surface. Cut rope into ½-inch pieces. Gently roll each piece into a ball and lightly dust with flour. Repeat with remaining 5 pieces of dough. Transfer gnocchi as formed to baking sheets.
Bring large pot of water to boil, add salt and return to a boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean, rimmed baking sheet.
Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter is browned and has a toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add sage. Turn off heat and season sage butter generously with salt and pepper. Transfer half of sage butter to large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of the gnocchi. Sauté until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes.
Repeat with remaining sage butter and gnocchi. Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls. Garnish with sage leaves and shaved roasted chestnuts.

Sweet Ricotta Gnocchi with Dates, Walnuts & Honey Cream

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound ricotta, drained overnight
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 cup flour
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup milk
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dates, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
Cinnamon, freshly grated

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix until a smooth and pillowy dough has formed. Divide the dough into 5 sections using a bench scraper. Roll out each section into a long rope about the thickness of your pinky finger. Cut the rope into ½-inch sections and shape gnocchi using one of your gnocchi methods and place on a baking sheet lightly dusted with flour. Refrigerate for approximately 10 minutes. In the meantime, place the cream, milk, honey and vanilla in a small sauce pan and gently whisk while heating to a medium heat. Add the dates, walnuts and ricotta dumplings and gently mix together. Cook for about five minutes or until ricotta dumplings are cooked through. Serve with fresh cinnamon grated on top.

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