09/28/10 Potato Gnocchi With Shrimp Scampi

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Potato Gnocchi With Shrimp Scampi
  -Veal Escalopes With Marsala
  -Semolino Cake

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 Recipe: Potato Gnocchi With Shrimp Scampi

Potato Gnocchi With Shrimp Scampi
Gnocchi Di Patate Con Gli Scampi


For the Gnocchi:
2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) potatoes
7 oz (200 grams) plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 oz (50 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated

For the Sauce:
14 oz (400 grams) large shrimp, peeled and chopped
7 oz (200 grams) tomatoes, peeled and diced
3 and 1/2 fl oz (100 ml) double cream
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 tablespoons dry white wine
Salt and pepper


Prepare the Gnocchi:
Cook the potatoes in lightly salted, boiling water for about 25 minutes until tender.

Mash with a potato masher while still hot.

Add the flour, egg, Parmigiano cheese and a pinch of salt and knead to a soft, elastic dough.

Divide into several pieces and shape into long rolls about 2/3 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter.

Cut into 3/4 inch (2 cm) lengths and press them gently against the underside of a grater.

Prepare the Sauce:
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

Add the shrimp and parsley and cook for 2 minutes.

Splash with the wine and cook until it has evaporated.

Stir in the cream and tomatoes.

Cook for about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add the gnocchi, a few at a time, and remove with a slotted spoon as they rise to the surface.

Place the gnocchi on a warm serving dish and pour the shrimp sauce over them. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Escalopes With Marsala

Veal Escalopes With Marsala
Piccata Al Marsala


1 lb and 2 oz (500 grams) veal escalopes
Plain flour, for dusting
3 oz (80 grams) butter
8 fl oz (250 ml) dry Marsala wine


Dust the veal escalopes with flour.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan, and when it turns hazel add the veal and cook over a high heat for about 5 minutes on each side.

Lower the heat, season with salt to taste and cook for a few more minutes more, then remove from the pan and keep warm.

Pour in the Marsala wine and cook over a low heat, scraping up the sediment from the base of the pan with a wooden spoon.

Place the escalopes on a warm serving dish and spoon the sauce over them. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Semolino Cake

Semolino Cake
Torta Al Semolino


2/3 cup (130 grams) fine semolina
4 and 1/4 cups (1 liter) milk
2/3 cup (130 grams) sugar
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) whole blanched almonds
1 and 1/2 tbs (20 grams) unsalted butter
4 eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp (5 ml) pure almond extract
1 pinch of salt
Confectioners' sugar (for dusting)


Grind the almonds together with the sugar until very fine and set aside.

Bring the milk to a boil with a pinch of salt and the lemon zest, then slowly add the semolina, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.

Cook the semolina for about 8 minutes, on low heat, stirring constantly.

Add the almond-sugar mixture and cook for 1 more minute.

Add the butter and stir until well mixed.

Take off the heat, mix in the almond extract and set aside to cool.

Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serves 4-6.

That's it!

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