To my Argentine amigas…this one is for you.
I read that in Argentina the 29th of every month is celebrated by eating ñoquis (gnocchi). The tradition probably came when Italians immigrated to Argentina. I was told that by the end of the month their funds were running low and looking for a satisfying meal, they started making ñoquis; dumplings made from flour, potatoes and eggs.
The 29th of each month you can find them on every menu, even here in New York’s Argentine community. Tradition calls for money to be placed under the plate for good luck and wealth in the month to come.
6 russet potatoes, skin on (a must)
about 2 – 3 cups of flour
fresh nutmeg, about half a nut
salt/pepper to taste
Cook the potatoes, cool and peel.
Mash the potatoes or put through a ricer, add salt, pepper and nutmeg…add egg and about 1/2 cup of flour and start to mix adding more flour until you reach a soft but pliable dough that does not stick to your hands.
Form the mixture into a ball and cut mixture into small strips like a long cigar, then cut the strips into small squares, little pillows.
Use your ñoquis wooden tablet or run a fork along the outside of each square to add design (optional).
Let them dry for a few minutes, keeping the ñoquis separated so they don’t stick.
Boil water with salt. Carefully add the ñoquis to the boiling water…the minute they come to the surface remove with a slotted spoon then plate with your sauce and add your favorite cheese.
After I took the pictures and the ñoquis were eaten, I forgot to add the cheese. I was hungry!
8 Italian plumb tomatoes, skins removed and roughly chopped
2 carrots + 2 celery stalks cut into small slices
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons olive oil
Heat olive oil, add garlic and onions and cook until translucent. Add carrots, celery and tomatoes and cook for about 30 minutes until carrots are soft. Let cool and place into your cuisine art toprocess. Return to pan, heat and serve with your Ñoquis.