Carlo’s Hazelnut Gnocchi | Posted: 23 May 2013
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Hazelnuts grow in abundance in Piedmont and are incorporated into a wide range of recipes such as this one, which you can try cooking for yourself.

It comes from Carlo Zarri, owner and chef of the Villa San Carlo in Piedmont, who is passionate about preserving age-old Piedmontese culinary traditions and dishes.

Ingredients (serves 4)

500g potatoes
250g superfine plain flour
100g ground hazelnuts
1 egg
10g salt

To serve

60g butter
Fresh sage leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Grated parmesan

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1) Leaving the skins on, boil the potatoes for 30 minutes.
2) Peel and mash the potatoes, then leave to cool.
3) Combine the mashed potato with the flour, ground hazelnuts, egg and salt. Mix well.
4) Form the mixture into ‘sausages’ approximately 1cm in diameter. Cut into walnut-sized pieces.
5) Cook the gnocchi in lightly salted boiling water until they rise to the surface.
6) Drain, return to the pan and toss with the butter and a drizzle of olive oil.
7) Serve garnished with a handful of grated parmesan and torn sage leaves.

Carlo’s tips

Don’t use new potatoes for this recipe, as they won’t produce the right consistency. As for the ground hazelnuts, any type will do, but if you can find some grown in Piedmont, so much the better!

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