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Jun 25, 2007 11:56 AM

gnocchi question

boil the potatoes or bake them - which is better - is there a big difference?

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  1. I would bake the potatoes -- it will be fluffier. And using Russets helps as opposed to other types of potatoes.

    1. I prefer to bake then peel, but if time is a factor you can boil the potatoes (peeled and cubed), drain, then spread out on sheet pans and put in a 250 degree oven for 5-10 minutes to get rid of the excess moisture. Lining the sheets with parchment prevents the spuds from sticking. That trick helps prevent gummy gnocchi and cuts 20-30 minutes off your prep time. Plus it is much easier on the hands than trying to peel a bunch of hot potatoes!

      1. I'm sure baking is better, but I've made great ones with boiled potatoes.

        1. Put me down in the baked column....regards.

          1. I have a recipe....i think it is from epicurious that lets you microwave the potatoes. And the gnocchi turn out great.'s a link:

            The gorgonzola sauce is also to die for!

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            1. re: ashes

              Yes, I'm also in the microwave camp (especially in hot weather!) If the oven's on anyway, I'll do them in there, but if not, nuking seems to be just fine. (Just remember to pierce them well first, and put them on a paper towel in the microwave!)