Our first recipe was Ricotta Gnocchi, which is the most well known dish at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. I hadn't heard of making gnocchi with ricotta before, but once I started looking online I discovered that this is the signature dish at Zuni Cafe. I managed to find the Zuni cookbook at the library the weekend before I tackled this challenge, and I had fun reading up on the restaurant before starting on this challenge. Zuni Cafe sounds like a really special restaurant, and I would love to visit next time I have the opportunity to visit San Fransisco.
Sadly, I really didn't end up liking the gnocchi this way! Everyone on the Daring Cooks message board commented on how light tasting these gnocchi were, but I decided upon tasting that I really prefer the heavier, traditional potato version. I also attempted to make sage brown butter to toss with the gnocchi, and I don't think I did a very good job with it. The gnocchi had a nice sage flavor, but tasted kind of bland and greasy to me. I did freeze half the recipe, and I am interested in seeing if I like them any better with some kind of tomato sauce. Even though I didn't love the recipe, I enjoyed the chance to try a new recipe that was different than I usually cook. I can't wait to see what other recipes this group decides to tackle!
If you try this recipe, this picture is a great example of why it's important to test a single gnocchi before forming a lot. This was the result of my first test... not good! I added a couple tablespoons of flour to make the gnocchi hold up better, and the second test was much better!