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Subject: Gnocchi, starting with leftover mashed potatoes?
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From: Isaac Wingfield 
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 20:30:56 -0800
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Yeah, I know it soulds kind of silly, but we have a load of smashed 
spuds left over from T-day. Anyone have a recipe?

Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

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From: pamjd 
Date: 28 Nov 2005 20:50:19 -0800
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I hve made the gnocchi with left over mashed potatoes.  Worked fine for
me.  good luck.

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From: D.Currie 
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 22:38:54 -0700
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
> Yeah, I know it soulds kind of silly, but we have a load of smashed
> spuds left over from T-day. Anyone have a recipe?
>
> Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

Gnocchi would work fine; I've made them. No recipe, just played it by ear.

Also, mashed potatoes can be added to bread dough. You aren't going to use 
up a whole lot, though.

Potato pancakes are another option. You'd get a different texture than when 
you use grated spuds, but you'd get the flavor. 

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From: Diane Epps 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 06:41:21 GMT
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D.Currie wrote:
> Gnocchi would work fine; I've made them. No recipe, just played it by ear.

What about assorted pies like shepherds or cottage or even fish pie all of 
which have a crust of mashed potato 

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From: Vilco 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 08:46:19 GMT
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Mi e' parso che D.Currie abbia scritto:
> Gnocchi would work fine; I've made them. No recipe, just
> played it by ear.

That's the best way to make things as gnocchi: just start the 
work and guide it to a successful goal.

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From: Pandora 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:56:40 +0100
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Vilco ha scritto:
> That's the best way to make things as gnocchi: just start the work and 
> guide it to a successful goal.

I don't think that ond could make gnocchi, because old potatoes are too hard 
to make a dough for gnocchi, IMHO.

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From: Melba's Jammin' 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:07:34 -0600
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Pandora wrote:
> I don't think that ond could make gnocchi, because old potatoes are too hard 
> to make a dough for gnocchi, IMHO.

What if they were warmed first?  And if I've never made nor eaten 
gnocchi, how do I  "just start the work and guide it to a successful 
goal" if I do not know what the goal is?  What is an approximate ratio 
of potato to flour?  Does it involve an egg?  Salt?  Milk?  Water?  How 
do I know if texture and consistency are correct?  Enlighten me, Vilco 
and Pandora.  Prego.

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From: Pandora 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 19:00:14 +0100
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Melba's Jammin' ha scritto:
> What if they were warmed first?  And if I've never made nor eaten
> gnocchi, how do I  "just start the work and guide it to a successful
> goal" if I do not know what the goal is?  What is an approximate ratio
> of potato to flour?  Does it involve an egg?  Salt?  Milk?  Water?  How
> do I know if texture and consistency are correct?  Enlighten me, Vilco
> and Pandora.  Prego.

To make gnocchi you must peel potatoes when they are hot! Then you have to 
mush them when they are hot, because they have also a little water inside.
I don't know if the potatoes that you have are with or without skin.
BTW try to recool them in microwave with some water (I have never did it), 
then mush; let them cool then put 1 egg and all the flour (1-2 cups) that 
you need to make a dough similar (but more tender) to the pizza dough.
Cut in little pieces and then put in the boiling water:they are ready when 
they come to the surface. Season.
I don't know! Try and let me know

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From: Vilco 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 08:45:45 GMT
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Mi e' parso che Isaac Wingfield abbia scritto:
> Yeah, I know it soulds kind of silly, but we have a load
> of smashed spuds left over from T-day. Anyone have a
> recipe?

Are those 'taters dressed? How?
If not, they're perfect for gnocchi.

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From: Pandora 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:55:32 +0100
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Vilco ha scritto:
> Are those 'taters dressed? How?
> If not, they're perfect for gnocchi.

Mushed potatoes of thursday,  IMHO, are good only for trash!
BTW I wouldn't make gnocchi, with it. I would make "Crocchette di Patate" 
with mozzarella inside. It's better frying thos old potatoes !!!!!

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From: jake 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 21:11:28 +0100
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
> Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

When in doubt, I make patties out of leftover mash, adding an egg, maybe 
some flour, whatever seasonings/herbs i feel like and sometimes some 
cooked veg. Shape and fry. Good with a green salad. If there is butter 
in your mash, I don't know how well it would do in gnocchi.

BTW, i LOVE gnocchi. Have fun whatever you decide to do.

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From: Seamus 
Date: 29 Nov 2005 12:15:09 -0800
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
> Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

I've heateed them with milk & stock for a quick potato soup.

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From: Melissa 
Date: 29 Nov 2005 14:55:02 -0800
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
> Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

Top a shepherds pie/not too soupy meat and veggie stew and bake...but I
think you'd have to eat this right away after baking; I don't think
freezing potato things works (or rather, potato-based things are not so
appealing once they're defrosted.)

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From: Ranee Mueller 
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 16:15:33 -0800
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
> Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

   Use them as the topping over the chopped up leftover turkey and gravy 
mixed with vegetables for a kind of cottage pie, or mix some egg in with 
them and fry in patties in bacon grease for breakfast, or just eat them 
with or without gravy.

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From: pgluth1 
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 15:57:08 GMT
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Though it was mentioned in an earlier post to use leftover mashed potatoes 
in bread dough, let me add they also work very well in Chicago-style pizza 
dough. I have also added veggies and cream for an on-the-fly potato soup. 

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From: serene 
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 22:02:03 -0800
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Isaac Wingfield wrote:
>Or failing that, what *do* you do with six cups of cold mashed potatoes?

Thicken soups.

Make potato patties (yum).

Heat with corn and butter and stuff myself. :-)

Make a very yummy but very unorthodox potato salad -- add chopped
onions and celery, mix in a little mayo, salt, and pepper (or bottled
italian dressing instead of the mayo), and eat.




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