Il Giardino – Italian Restaurant

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Gnocchi….finally!!

October 19th, 2010

After several years and several kilos of different potatoes thrown in the garbage, I could finally found the right potato, flour, cooking system and balance of ingredient for to make Gnocchi.

Everybody that tried to make Gnocchi, had to face some disaster before to reach the perfect balance of ingredients, and way to prepare them for to avoid to produce useless sticky pieces of flour that once in the boiling water, almost disappear or too compact shells that once boiled can be easily used as tank destroyer bullets, much better than the depleted plutonium ones…..

Potatoes of this continent are different from the ones that grow in Europe, soil, water, sun or simply different variety, make the making of Gnocchi a tough issue.

Doesn’t matter the kind of potato I was using, white, red or yellow, the amount of flour needed for to make the dough possible to work was always too high and once I was boiling the Gnocchi, even forĀ  a very little time, they always were too hard for to be useful in a recipe of Il Giardino.

THe Gnocchi Rustici with Papaya Sauce are the new creation of Chef Giulio at Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula

The Gnocchi Rustici with Papaya Sauce are the new creation of Chef Giulio at Il Giardino Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula

But, an happy ending to this story is possible, this time…..in the last months I developed a system to cook the potatoes, not the normal ones but a very special variety, that allow me to reduce the amount of water they retain, for to reduce the amount of flour necessary for to produce a good dough, and using the whole wheat flour, the surface of the Gnocchi remain more rough and receive the sauce in a better way.

This Gnocchi, for his special nature deserved, in my idea, a new sauce for to enhance the combination of texture and savor f them, so I worked around a new sauce, with Papaya in it, that, with the addition of some spicy chili, give a touch of Latin American to this recipe.

A recipe, that only at Il Giardino , Italian Restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, is possible to enjoy….. so, we will wait for you while we work around some new recipe for the next High Season….

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