Sunday, April 1, 2012

Italian Ricotta Dumplings ...

This recipe is from Episdode 1 of Two Greedy Italians (SBS, Thursday 8.30pm) - I just had to give it a go - it seemed the perfect Sunday lunch!
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In a pot, add a good slurp of good olive oil, 1 chopped chilli (I only had a green one) and 3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced...
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Once they have softened, add in 2 tins of good Italian tomatoes, salt & pepper and I also added a tablespoon of sugar...
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Add in a good handful of chopped, fresh basil...
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For the dumplings... in a bowl, mix 220gms of Ricotta cheese and 3 egg yolks...
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Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, salt and pepper...
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Next, add in 200gms of flour (I used OO Italian flour which is used for pasta making but plain flour would do) ... Once roughly combined, turn it out and give it a gentle kneading until a smooth dough forms...
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Now cut off sections and roll into long sausages ... dust with flour then cut off small amounts...
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It doesn't really matter if they are different sizes, that's the rustic charm of them...
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The dumplings (or gnocco) ready to go into the gently boiling water...
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In they go for about 4 minutes... they sink to the bottom then when they are ready they pop to the surface...
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Toss them into the sauce, stir through then serve...
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Top with a little parmesan cheese... this is a totally 'from scratch' meal with no nasties in it! It must be good for you!
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Best eaten outside on a sunny autumn day with a good wine... (and fresh bread rolls!).
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Cheers - Joolz

6 comments:

  1. Will def try these one night soon Julie. Now that the nights are cooling down a tad this meal will go down a treat! Looks soooo good!

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  2. Looks just how they made them , I thought I might give them a go too.....it's a great show.

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  3. Lovely, lovely recipes Joolz, you have been very busy!

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  4. My goodness that looks wonderful. We will be going home soon to our own kitchen and I look forward to cooking again. I will try this one.

    Happy Sunday,
    Lois

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  5. This will be a great meal to cook while camping, will deffs be cooking it...Thanks
    Mandy

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  6. I have some ricotta in the fridge and wondered what I should do with it, now I know.
    Steph

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