Elevate Your Culinary Experience with Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi
Unlock a world of flavor with our Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi recipe—a culinary masterpiece that marries simplicity with sophistication. With just three ingredients, this homemade delight promises a burst of nutrition and versatility in every bite.
The Magic Trio of Ingredients
The star of our show is cauliflower, a nutrient-packed cruciferous vegetable. Low in calories and high in fiber, cauliflower adds a healthful twist to traditional gnocchi, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a lighter alternative.
Creating the perfect gnocchi requires only two additional ingredients—flour and an egg. This minimalistic approach allows the cauliflower’s natural flavors to shine while providing the ideal texture for your dumplings.
Crafting the Perfect Gnocchi
The Double Cook Method
What sets our Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi apart is the double-cook method. Boiling the gnocchi first ensures they are fully cooked through, while a quick stint in the air fryer or skillet imparts a delightful crispiness to the exterior. This harmonious blend of tenderness and crispiness creates a gnocchi experience like no other.
Quick and Simple
While making gnocchi from scratch may seem intimidating, fear not! Once you get the hang of it, the process becomes quick and straightforward. You’ll find joy in crafting these delectable dumplings, and the ability to prepare a large batch and freeze some for later adds a layer of convenience.
Scratch made Cauliflower Gnocchi
- 1 head cauliflower about 5 cups chopped florets
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup and 1 tablespoon 9 tablespoons all purpose flour, plus additional for hands and work surface
- STEP 1 Remove stem and leaves from cauliflower and chop into florets
- STEP 2 Bring a pot of water to a boil and add cauliflower. Boil until very tender, about 5-7 minutes
- STEP 3 Once cauliflower is very tender, drain and remove it to a food processor. Pulse until cauliflower is finely ground
- STEP 4 Add salt and flour to the food processor and pulse until mixture forms a dough like substance. Note that it will still be quite sticky
- STEP 5 Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface and onto your hands then remove dough to floured surface. Knead a few times then roll dough into a long rope
- STEP 6 Slice dough into small pieces, each about the size of a quarter. For reference, I usually make between 30-35 gnocchi per batch
- STEP 7 If desired, use a fork to flatten each gnocchi slightly and to give it the classic texture mark
- STEP 8 Refill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add gnocchi in batches small enough that they do not crowd each other in the pot (for me this is usually 3 batches)
- STEP 9 Boil gnocchi until they float easily in the pot, about 2 minutes per batch
- STEP 10 Use a slotted spoon to remove gnocchi from pot to a plate or paper towel and do your best to keep them from touching each other
- STEP 11 Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees and spray basket well with cooking spray. Air fry in batches, so that the gnocchi do not touch, for about 2 minutes per side. Gnocchi should be beginning to become lightly golden
- STEP 1 2If you do not have an air fryer, heat some olive oil over medium in a large skillet. Add gnocchi in batches so that they do not touch each other. Cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed.
Versatility at Its Best
From Pot to Plate
Whether you’re tossing them in a soup, pairing them with your favorite sauce, or enjoying them on their own, the versatility of Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi knows no bounds. Elevate your culinary creations with this wholesome addition.
The Not-So-Secret Secret
And here’s a little secret—not entirely personal, of course. This Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi is so good that you might find yourself reluctant to share your pasta or gnocchi secrets. Can you blame anyone for wanting to keep such a delightful recipe to themselves?
Embrace the joy of homemade goodness with our Scratch-Made Cauliflower Gnocchi. It’s time to savor the simple pleasures of a well-crafted dish that adds a touch of sophistication to your table. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey—your tastebuds will thank you!