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Crisp Gnocchi "Tater Tots"
© Peden + Munk

Crisp Gnocchi "Tater Tots"

  • ACTIVE: 1 HR
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • VEGETARIAN
  1. 3 large baking potatoes (about 2 pounds), scrubbed
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (2 ounces)
  5. Kosher salt
  6. 1 large egg, beaten
  7. Canola oil, for frying
  8. Ketchup, for serving
  1. Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with 4 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderately low heat until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Cut the potatoes into large chunks and press them through a ricer into a large bowl. Discard the skins. Let the potatoes cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Stir the cornstarch, flour, cheese and 2 teaspoons of salt into the potatoes. Add the egg and knead gently until a soft dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. Bring a very large pot of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a 16-inch rope, about 1 inch thick. Cut each rope into 16 pieces. Add one-fourth of the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook, stirring once or twice, until they rise to the surface and then float for 20 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the ice water to cool, then spread the gnocchi on a paper towel–lined platter and turn until dry. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 375°. Carefully add one-fourth of the gnocchi to the hot oil and cook, stirring gently once or twice, until golden and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the "Tater Tots" to a paper towel–lined plate and sprinkle with salt. Repeat to make the remaining "Tater Tots." Serve with ketchup.
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