Cliff teaches his recruits how to make pillowy ricotta gnocchi to pair with a creamy mushroom & thyme sauce!
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Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream Sauce
RECIPE COURTESY OF CLIFF CROOKS
Total: 1 hr
Active: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
15 ounces ricotta
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
3 egg yolks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces maitake mushrooms, cut into quarters and then sixths
8 ounces oyster mushrooms, cut into quarters and then sixths
1/2 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 sprigs thyme
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 bunch chives, thinly sliced
Special equipment: a bench scraper
To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the ricotta, Parmesan, egg yolks and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix on low speed, scrape down the sides and mix again. Add the 1 cup of flour in three additions on low speed. Do not overmix.
Dust a clean work surface with flour. Dust a sheet tray with flour. Turn out the dough onto the floured work surface and dust your hands with some flour. Roll the dough into long cylinders, about 18 inches in length. With a bench scraper, cut the dough into 1-inch pieces and place onto the sheet tray dusted with flour. Sprinkle the gnocchi with more flour to avoid sticking.
Heat a large saute pan with some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the maitakes and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the oyster mushrooms and cook until browned, another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic and thyme sprigs and cook for a few minutes until fragrant and softened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the heavy cream and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until thickened and reduced by a little more than half, 2 to 4 minutes.
Set up a pot of boiling water and season liberally with kosher salt. Drop the gnocchi into the water. Once they float to the top, they are done, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the gnocchi and add them directly into the mushroom cream sauce and toss to combine over a low simmer. If the sauce has gotten too thick, thin it out with a little bit of pasta water. Garnish with the chives.
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