ACTIVE 1 HR 10 MIN; TOTAL 2 HR 10 MIN SERVES 4 TO 6
The dumplings can be poached up to two days ahead, making assembly a snap.
21/4 cups water, divided
11/4 cups unsalted butter (10 oz.), divided 31/4 tsp. kosher salt
21/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 95/8 oz.)
6 oz. Comté cheese, grated (about 11/2 cups), divided 7 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced jambon de Paris
1. Bring 2 cups water, 3/4 cup butter, and salt to a boil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high. Remove from heat, and add flour all at once. Using a wooden spoon, stir vigorously until a ball of dough forms. Cook over medium, stirring constantly, until dough begins to leave a film on bottom and sides of pan, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in 3/4 cup cheese until blended.
2. Transfer dough to bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until no longer steaming, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition. Add chives; beat until combined. Refrigerate dough until chilled, about 1 hour.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer over medium-high. Scrape chilled dough into a piping bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip. Carefully pipe dough into simmering water, cutting at 1-inch lengths with a paring knife or scissors. Once gnocchi rise to surface, cook until slightly firm, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Using a spider, transfer gnocchi to a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap.
4. Heat 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over high; cook until foam subsides and butter begins to brown, about 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Add half of gnocchi and 1 tablespoon sage; cook, tossing occasionally, until gnocchi are slightly browned and heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer gnocchi mixture to a medium bowl, and set aside.
5. Wipe skillet clean, and repeat procedure with remaining 1/4 cup butter, remaining gnocchi, and remaining 1 tablespoon sage. Return all gnocchi mixture to skillet. Reduce heat to medium, and add up to 1/4 cup remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly, until gnocchi are glazed, 20 to 30 seconds. Spoon gnocchi into large gratin dish; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese and additional chives. Top with ham.