Potato Gnocchi with Escarole, Speck, Sweet Onions, and Fennel Pollen Recipe

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Potato Gnocchi with Escarole, Speck, Sweet Onions, and Fennel Pollen Recipe
Potato Gnocchi with Escarole, Speck, Sweet Onions, and Fennel Pollen
Ali Rosen

Potato Gnocchi with Escarole, Speck, Sweet Onions, and Fennel Pollen

There’s nothing quite as sublime as homemade gnocchi, and combined with a quick and easy pan sauce and speck, it’s sure to be a hit with guests. If you can't find speck, prosciutto makes a decent substitute, although speck's characteristic smokiness will be absent.

2
Servings
1047
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Idaho potatoes
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound escarole
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • All-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 2 ounces speck, sliced, then cut into small dice
  • 1 Vidalia onion, cut into small dice
  • 4 ounces butter
  • Pinch of chile flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon fennel pollen
  • 3 teaspoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated, plus more to taste

Directions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the potatoes. When they are just cooked through, drain them. While still hot, carefully peel them and pass through a ricer or food mill. Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap, and spread the riced potato on top to cool.

Take the cooled potato and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. On a work surface, form the potato into the shape of a donut. Put the egg in the middle of the well and begin to incorporate using a fork. Once the egg is mixed well with the potato, start adding slowly the flour to bind the dough. (You will need to put a little more flour than you would for a regular gnocchi dough so it will be a bit more pliable.) When you have achieved the desired dough texture, let rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Take the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out into long cylindrical lengths, about ¼-inch in diameter and dust with flour. Cut the lengths into 1-inch pieces and either with the back of a fork or a store bought gnocchi board, roll them with your thumb. (You may freeze any extra for later use.)

Warm a large sauté pan over low heat. Add the onion and half of the butter and season with salt. Cook over a low heat until the onions are soft and there is no more moisture.

In the same sauté pan, add the escarole, chile flakes, and garlic and continue to sweat gently over low heat until translucent, but without achieving any color. Add the stock and remaining butter and reduce by half. When almost reduced, add the ramp greens, speck, fennel pollen, and parsley.

Meanwhile, bring a salted pot of water to boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and cook until they rise to the top of the water and puff up. With a strainer, remove them from the water and add to the pan sauce. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and cheese. Transfer to plates and sprinkle with a little extra cheese.

Potato Gnocchi Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Potato Gnocchi Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
76g
100%
Sugar
12g
N/A
Saturated Fat
38g
100%
Cholesterol
254mg
85%
Protein
29g
58%
Carbs
67g
22%
Vitamin A
512µg
57%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
13.1%
Vitamin B6
1mg
60%
Vitamin C
58mg
96%
Vitamin D
2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
4mg
20%
Vitamin K
49µg
61%
Calcium
348mg
35%
Fiber
11g
45%
Folate (food)
146µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
126µg
31%
Folic acid
11µg
N/A
Iron
4mg
25%
Magnesium
113mg
28%
Monounsaturated
27g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
6mg
32%
Phosphorus
536mg
77%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
1752mg
50%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
35%
Sodium
1803mg
75%
Thiamin (B1)
0.6mg
40.3%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
23%