HOMEMADE GNOCCHI WITH BUFFALO MOZZARELLA, PICKLED WALNUTS AND GREEN HERB AND LEMON DRESSING
Sometimes you come across pickled walnuts on a dusty shelf, as a kind of oddity. However, there’s nothing odd about the flavour — it is a wonderful combination of sweet and tangy nuttiness. In this recipe it pairs beautifully with mozzarella and a herby dressing. Making gnocchi is so simple, it is a shame anyone buys them pre-made.
500g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper
125g Italian Tipo 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
4 buffalo mozzarella balls
2 pickled walnuts, sliced
2 tbsp grated pecorino
Green herb and lemon dressing ( see below left — use the full quantity from that recipe)
1. Peel the potatoes and boil them in salted water for around 30 minutes until cooked through. Drain, then use a wooden spoon to push the potatoes through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
2. Gently sprinkle the flour in batches into the mashed potato, folding through to combine each time until you are left with an elastic, dough-like mash.
3. Lightly flour a board and roll the dough out into long sausages, roughly the circumference of a butcher’s sausage. Cut the sausages into 3cm pieces and place on a floured plate or tray until ready to use. Cover with cling film so they don’t dry out.
4. Bring a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the gnocchi in batches, 10 or 12 at a time, so you don’t overcrowd the pan. 5. The gnocchi cook quickly — you will know they are readywhen they float and bob on the surface of the water. Drain on paper towels when done. 6. Divide the gnocchi into bowls, then tear over the mozzarella into large pieces. Sprinkle with the sliced pickled walnuts and grated pecorino, and drizzle generously with the green herb and lemon dressing. The Currabinny Cookbook
by James Kavanagh and William Murray, with photography by Bríd O’Donovan, is published by Penguin Ireland at £20.