Monday, May 16, 2005

Chickpea "Gnocchi"

Chickpea "Gnocchi" (How To Cook Everything Vegetarian)

3 cups cooked chickpeas, well drained
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
asiago cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt.

Meanwhile, place chickpeas into a food processor and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Process until they are as smooth as you can get them. Scoop chickpea mash into a large bowl.

Add ricotta and nutmeg into the chickpeas, stirring until well combined. Add about 1/4 cup flour and stir until incorporated - add enough extra flour until a dough forms that you can easily handle. Scoop mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly for less than a minute. Divide the mixture into 4 pieces and roll each out into a robe that is about 1/2" thick. Cut the ropes into 1" lengths - be gently and try to handle them as little as possible. As you cut them, transfer the pieces to a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.

Drop about half of the gnocchi into the boiling, salted water - stir gently and allow them to cook until they rise to the surface. Count to 20 and then remove them with a slotted spoon (be sure to taste one to make sure they are cooked through). Repeat with remaining gnocchi.

Meanwhile, place butter and oil in a skillet and have it heating over medium-high. Add well-drained gnocchi and cook until golden on each side. Serve with fresh grated Asiago cheese on top.

Makes about 4 servings.

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  1. This is such an interesting idea! I love chickpeas, and I have some extra ricotta in the fridge, so I think I may give this a try! It looks delicious!

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