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gnocchi - is there a substitute for standard flour?

foreverhungry Jan 8, 2013 01:56 PM

So Ms. FH and I enjoy gnocchi. Lately we've been making the spinach gnocchi from Marc Vetri's namesake restaurant, who's recipe is in his cookbook. The recipe is quite involved, and has a few odd steps, but the gnocchi are fantastic. So now I'm wondering if there's a way to replace the regular flour with a non-wheat based flour. Maybe I'm getting caught up in this cut-out-the-wheat nonsense, but I could see these gnocchi as being a staple for our meals as the main starch portion, and because it's loaded with spinach, I feel good about that. It would be nice to go the extra step and get rid of the wheat. Can someone recommend a flour substitute that works well in gnocchi? Thanks.

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    wyogal Jan 8, 2013 02:06 PM

    I just did a search for "Paleo gnocchi" and saw that folks are using coconut flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot flour, almond flour/meal, quinoa flour with success. Some recipes include a variety of flours.

    1. chefathome Jan 8, 2013 02:20 PM

      I use white rice flour when making GF gnocchi and a bit of garfava, amaranth or quinoa for a bit of strength and protein.

      1. chefj Jan 8, 2013 03:12 PM

        Potato Flour should work fine.
        Is your goal to cut out gluten? You may get more replies on the "special diets" board

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          foreverhungry Jan 9, 2013 06:31 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not really sure if my goal is to cut out gluten, to be honest with you. It's more of a subtle shift in diet to lessen gluten intake, to find alternatives when I can. Another goal is actually to see if alternatives, like some proposed by posters here, might actually produce a better final product, in terms of taste, texture, and health benefits.

          Thanks for the input!

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