Frugal Cooking: Too many potatoes – Make Gnocchi

2 pounds of starchy potatoes
1  egg, slightly beaten
1 C.  all-purpose flour
salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake potatoes until easily pierced with a fork. Let the potatoes cool slightly, then peel. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or grate them into a large bowl.  Add the egg to the potatoes. Mix well. Add the flour to potatoes a little at a time, mixing well. Add just enough flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to your hands. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a slightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball and then divide it into 5 or 6 smaller balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rope using your fingertips, about 3/4 inch thick.  Cut the dough into 1 inch pieces. Press each piece of dough against the tines of a fork to create ridges. Place the gnocchi in a single layer on a lightly floured dish.

To cook the gnocchi, place the dough into a pot of boiling water. After a few minutes the gnocchi will float to the top. Continue to cook for one minute then remove and top with your favorite sauce.

I triple this recipe and freeze a large portion. To freeze, line a cookie sheet with wax paper, and dust with flour and arrange the gnocchi in a single layer. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer to ‘flash freeze’ the gnocchi, about 30 minutes. Place in freezer bag to cook later. Cooking instructions are the same as above. No need to thaw.

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What’s on the Menu – Crockpot Lasagna
Crockpot Lasagna
Author: Lori Forster
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 28-oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package frozen cheese ravioli
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, and add onion and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Pour into a small bowl, and set aside. Brown ground beef, and drain. Mix in pepper/onion mixture. Stir in garlic powder, and pepper.
  2. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Spread 1 cup sauce on the bottom and layer with half of the ravioli. Then layer with half of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and another cup of sauce. Repeat until you use all ingredients, making sure that you sprinkle cheese on top as last layer. Bake on low for 3-5 hours.

 

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I like to twist things up from time to time, so instead of the usual ground beef recipe, I occasionally make it with Polska Kielbasa instead.

Sausage Spaghetti

1 pkg Polska Kielbasa, sliced, then halved
1 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp basil
1/2 pkg angel hair pasta
1 can/jar Spaghetti sauce

Boil spaghetti according to package. While spaghetti is boiling, heat oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic; cook until translucent. Add the sausage and cook on medium for about 5 minutes, then add the sauce and the basil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Serve over spaghetti.

Serve with Garlic Bread and Salad.

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