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Recipe: Homemade gnocchi with porcini mushroom sauce

The ultimate comfort dish this winter. Pair with a glass of Delheim Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.


2 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup flour
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper
15ml olive oil
15ml butter

80g dried porcini mushrooms
250g mixed mushrooms (whatever is available)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cream
1 cup vegetable stock
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pepper, to taste
Fresh basil, to serve

Method for the sauce

1. For the sauce, lace the porcini mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour the hot stock over the mushrooms and soak for 15 minutes. Drain the mushrooms, reserving the water.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, mushrooms and porcini mushrooms.

3. Cook until the mushrooms are soft, but not brown, for about five minutes. Add the garlic. Cook for another two minutes.

4. Add the cream and reserved stock to the sauté pan and increase the heat until the mixture begins to boil.

5. Simmer until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Season to taste. Add the Parmesan cheese and serve with fresh basil.

Method for the gnocchi

1. Mix the mashed potato, egg, flour and salt until a dough is formed. Sprinkle some flour on your working surface.

2. Place the mixture onto the working surface and roll into a long sausage 3cm thick. Cut into 2cm pieces and press them slightly with the back of a fork.

3. Bring a pot of water to the boil and place the gnocchi gently into the boiling water. Let them boil until they float to the top. Strain.

4. Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan and fry the gnocchi until golden brown.

5. Serve with the porcini sauce, some Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Recipe supplied by Elmarie Berry

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