- Mash the boiled potatoes with a potato masher and mix them with butter.
- Pack the dough tightly into a bowl. Then divide it into four equal parts. Take one of them out and fill the empty place with potato flour. In this manner ideal proportions are kept.
- Add the remaining dough and knead it energetically, adding the eggs one by one. Add salt to taste.
- Shape the dough into small balls and press a characteristic hole with your finger in the middle of each dumpling.
- Put the dumplings in salted boiling water and wait until they float to the surface.
- Serve with butter, scratchings of smoked bacon or fried onion.
In the 18th century, sheep cheese manufacturers were established in Slovakia: the first one was in 1787 in Detva, and the second one in Zvolenská Slatina in 1797, which is still operating nowadays. Demikát, together with sheep cheese gnocchi, is another Slovak traditional dish, for the preparation of which this type of cheese is used.
Bigoli con L’Arna is one of the most mouthwatering dishes of Vicenza’s cuisine. This is an ancient recipe which brings us back in time of 16th century, when the Holy League defeated the Ottoman Empire in the famous Battle of Lepanto. To remember the glorious victory, Pope Pio V (and subsequently Gregorio XIII) established a feast called Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated by the locals of Veneto with this special dish every first Sunday of October.
Something which is not yet entirely proven for serious students of linguistics, but is readily apparent to Italophile Austrian gastronomes: the similarity, which is not just a linguistic one, between Austrian dumplings (“Nockerln”) and Italian gnocchi (pronounced: gnoki). In both countries, these small doughy treats are readily given a spicy twist. You would look for these semolina dumplings, the “Grieß-Gnocchi”, in the soup-bowls on the far side of the Brenner Pass, whereas in the world of Austrian soups you will come across them fairly frequently.
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- 1 kg of boiled potatoes
- potato flour
- 2-3 eggs
- 1-2 tablespoons of butter
- serve with: clear butter, scratchings of smoked bacon or fried onion