Gnocchi: A South American pasta tradition

Gnocchi: A South American pasta tradition

Pasta and our Gnocchi tradition

In our family everybody loves pasta, especially Gnocchi! Pasta! Gnocchi! You might ask, doesn’t sound very South American. In fact because of Italian migrants in South America pasta is a big part of peoples diet. In Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, eating gnocchi is a popular tradition on the 29th of every month. This tradition we have been following all our lives but we don’t know why.  We do know for certain that Gnocchi was a recipe brought to South America by Italian migrants during the great Italian emigration of 1876-1926. It was one of the largest modern emigrations any country has seen. An estimated 8.9 million Italians settled in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay as well as Venezuela and Peru. Hence the great influence of Italian cuisine in South America.

 

Gnocchi
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 kg of white potatoes ( you could use red ones)
  • 1 egg ( if you double the recipe use extra yolks)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of plain flour(a bit more for surface)
  • SAUCE.
  • 1 can of crushed tomato(800 grm)
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 sprigs of flat Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste,
  • Pepper , salt, oregano to taste
  • Cubes of red meat
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 3cm cubes boil the on salty water.
  2. Drain and transfer to a bowl and
  3. Mash until smooth, finish with a fork to remove any lumps.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Add the egg, oil, sprinkle pepper and salt to taste to pure .
  6. Gather dough into a ball.
  7. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth
  8. Divide dough into portions and roll each into a log about 2.5 cm thick cut into 3cm pieces .
  9. To shape the gnocchi roll a piece of dough down the inside of the tines of a fork using your thumb which will create an indentation on the other side.
  10. Bring a large wide saucepan of water to the boil.
  11. Cook gnocchi in 2-3 batches, until they rise to the surface about 3 min
  12. Drain and mix with tomato sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  13. To make sauce
  14. Fry the onion, garlic, parsley then add the meat until brown.
  15. Add the tomato and tomato paste
  16. Add 1 can of boiling water ( use the empty can)
  17. Salt and herbs and simmer for 30 min

 

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do, comment below and why not start a new family tradition.

Galletas Malteadas- savoury biscuits

Galletas Malteadas- savoury biscuits

Savoury biscuits are very popular in South America and can be readily bought in supermarkets or corner stores. This recipe is for home made Galletas Malteadas which originate from Uruguay. They are a bit of a vice, you eat one, you eat two you just cant stop. South American kids love these with a bit of jam or just plain.

You would describe them as a dry savoury biscuits very popular in Uruguay with diabetics due to the fact they contain no sugar. Argentina has a slightly different variation of the recipe for Galletas Malteadas called Galletas Marineras using butter and eggs not lard and yeast. They are a great companion to a great coffee or with your afternoon mate!!

 

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Galletas Malteadas
 
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Galletas Malteadas are a savoury biscuit very popular in Uruguay for people to eat with coffee or mate.
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Recipe type: Savoury biscuits
Cuisine: Uruguay
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ a kg plain flour
  • 1 sachet of yeast
  • Salt to taste
  • 175 grams of lard
  • ½ litre of warm water(approx.)
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients and work the lard to bread crumbs texture.
  2. Make a hole in the centre and start pouring the warm water to make consistent dough.
  3. Knit dough thoroughly.
  4. Let the dough rise in a warm spot (1/2 Hr) then roll into a rectangle fold in half. Repeat twice
  5. Roll the dough very thin cut with round shape cutter and prick with a fork.
  6. Let them rise on a cooking tray for 10 min
  7. Place in oven for 15 min or until golden at a temperature of 220

 

Hope you enjoy cooking and eating them. Leave a comment below to let us know what you think