Our traditional potato gnocchi is made completely from scratch and by hand and although we make a lot of them, we hope never to have to mechanize the process. There is something more Italian about creating gnocchi by hand.
Gnocchi originates in the chilly climate of Northern Italy, and were the perfect peasant food being both filling and inexpensive to make at home.
We make our butternut squash gnocchi using potato, locally grown organic butternut squash and sage and Italian tipo '00' flour, just like they do in Italy. First of all we steam the potatoes and the butternut squash in the oven. For us it is much more convenient and the potatoes still come out as dry as they need to be and the butternut which is steamed whole, retains all it's natural juices. Once we have formed the gnocchi they are frozen because we don't add any preservative. This means that they are best cooked from frozen and will still only take a few minutes.
Traditionally, gnocchi are served with pesto style sauces but they are a great deal more versatile than that. Whether you like a rich and robust ragú, creamy sauce or simply olive oil and Parmesan cheese, your gnocchi dish won't disappoint. You can even bake and fry them - yes, we have done it!