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Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter

You’ve seen it on the menu at most Italian spots and your taste buds love it! But what is Gnocchi? Gnocchi is a simple to make Italian dumpling. How simple? You probably already have the three main ingredients in your kitchen: Flour, Eggs, and Potatoes! It is a perfect change-up of pasta and can be topped with your favorite sauces or sautéed butter and herbs. Chef Dustin takes you step-by-step in the simple process of creating Gnocchi from scratch on Cooking Creations.


2 lbs                       Russet Potatoes

½ tsp                     Kosher Salt

3.75 oz                  All – Purpose Flour

¼ C                         Parmesan Cheese

1                             Large Egg (Beaten at Room Temp)

4 Tbsp                   Unsalted Butter

½ Bunch               Sage


  1. First you must prepare your potatoes. Preheat oven to 400 °F and score the potatoes.
  2. Bake Potatoes directly on rack until potatoes are cooked through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Cut Potatoes in half and allow to cool enough to handle.
  4. Using a spoon, remove the flesh or skin from potato. Pass through a ricer if you have one or simply mash with a fork until it is evenly crumbled in small pieces.
  5. Spread the potato out in an even layer and season with Salt. Add Parmesan and evenly sift flour over the layer.
  6. Drizzle beaten egg over mixture and begin to fold the egg in. Once folded in, use your hands to fully incorporate the mixture until it becomes a mildly tacky, cohesive dough.
  7. Divide dough into roughly 6 even pieces – if the dough is too tacky dust with flour. Roll each piece out to a roughly half-inch rope.  Then cut the dough in ¾ inch pieces. Dust gnocchi with flour and set aside.
  8. Bring 1 gallon of slightly salted water to a simmer.
  9. Working in batches, add the gnocchi to water and cook until they begin to float. Strain and set aside.
  10. Over medium heat melt butter and then add sage. Cook until fragrant, which takes about 15-20 seconds. 
  11. Add cooked gnocchi to the butter mixture and allow to cook undisturbed about 2-3 minutes until golden. Flip gnocchi and repeat for the other side.
  12. Garnish the gnocchi with fried sage and drizzle with the residual brown butter and parmesan.  

Tasty, right? Now that you’ve learned the basics, get fancy with it. Gnocchi is a fun entrée to make into fun shapes and textures! We’d love to hear what you thought of Chef Dustin’s Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter! Share your photos by using #FourWindsCasino or emailing photos to social@fourwindscasino.com. Tune in to more Cooking Creations on our Instagram and Facebook accounts for step-by-step videos.

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