Date: Sunday 23rd February
Time: 14:00 - 16: 00
Location: CUB, 153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ
Gnocchi are beloved across Italy - and beyond - for their dainty appearance and wonderful texture. Whether boiled and served with a sauce, or dried in sumptuous sage butter, Italians endorse gnocchi in all guises. At no time, however, are gnocchi more widely enjoyed than during winter: their part-potato composition gives them a wonderfully comforting quality. In Italy's northern regions, such as Piemonte and Trentino, which endure long, alpine winters, gnocchi are the warming base of several incredibly special dishes. In this limited edition masterclass, we explore the different types of gnocchi and learn how to make them from scratch.
Upon arrival, in keeping with our warming theme, we will treat you to a beautiful glass of Barolo DOP wine, from the region of Piemonte, whose full-bodied character and generous amount of tannins warm the cockles of one's heart during winter's iciest moments. Whilst enjoying aperitivo, our Head Pastaia (pasta chef) Roberta d'Elia will give an introduction to gnocchi, recalling the secrets she learned from her nonna as a child.
First, you'll learn how to prepare the special dough for gnocchi - different to that of pasta - using boiled and peeled potatoes. Using the dough, Roberta will then guide you to create two different types of gnocchi from scratch: first, gnocchi rustici, which, as their name suggests, have a beautiful, artisan feel to them, and are made with a potato-based dough. After that, you'll learn to prepare malloreddus (also known as gnochetti sardi, or Sardinian gnocchi) which are slightly different: instead of being prepared with potato, flour and egg, these little morsels are made exclusively with semolina and water, as well as a specialist pasta tool.
At the end of the class, you'll be able to take your freshly-made gnocchi home with you, along with a rich ragù provided by Pasta Evangelists. We also provide a sage butter alternative for vegetarians - please let us know when reserving your space(s).