Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, 23 January 2010

So I started the challenge on Saturday. I should point out here that I did have a lot of food already in my pantry and my fridge, just your regular old staple foods with nothing out of the ordinary.

$0.90 -- 2 potatoes
$1.45 -- 1 rasher of bacon

Total weekly budget spent: $2.35

Serves 4

For the gnocchi:
2 potatoes
2 cups plain flour
1 egg

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons butter (I used my margarine from the fridge, but I bet real butter would be even better)
1 rasher of bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder

(1) Peel and chop the potatoes, then boil in lightly salted water until soft. Strain the water out, and then place potatoes back in the pot and cook until dry. Place in a large bowl and wait until it's cool enough to touch (but not too cool, it needs to still be quite warm so that the flour will blend in with it).

(2) Add the egg and 1 cup of the flour, then get in there with your hands and mix it up until it's really well blended. Gradually add the second cup of flour until it's a nice consistency (not too dry, not too wet). You may not use all the flour, or you may need a little more depending on the size of the egg used.

(3) Once that's done, you can take chunks of it in your hands, then roll it into long sausage shapes about 1 cm thick. Chop it into 1.5 - 2 cm chunks, and there's your gnocchi. Place it in a big pot of salted boiling water and cook for about 3 - 5 minutes.

(4) For the sauce, melt some of the butter in a pan and then add the bacon and garlic. Once the bacon is nice and crispy, add the rest of the butter along with the chicken stock. Once all the butter is melted, stir it into your drained gnocchi and serve.

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