Cooking With Kids: Polenta Gnocchi

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Cooking With Kids: Polenta Gnocchi

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Cooking With Kids: Polenta Gnocchi

Being a Silver Spoon cookbook it has a decidedly Italian flavour to it and the recipes are simple as befitting a kid's recipe book (wouldn't you just love to see a Pierre Herme kid's cooking book?). The recipe that I honed in on was the polenta gnocchi. I had a big bag of it left over from some lemon polenta cakes I made over Christmas and I am one of those people that just cannot abide expired items in their fridge or pantry.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Liss's kids were the perfect kids to make the polenta gnocchi with and they made an enthusiastic bunch of chefs. Each girl has her own cutter (and the ultimate choice of cutter, as you can imagine, was very important). There was a star, square and a diamond. They made fast work of this and whilst this isn't exactly the hand rolled pasta dough gnocchi, they seemed to enjoy making it and more importantly eating it.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

For adults I'd recommend serving this with a rich tomato based sauce or a nice blue cheese sauce. We did some browned butter and sage leaves (of which the girls didn't want any part of). The end result is similar to polenta chips and it was easy to eat and we could imagine a great accompaniment to a lovely roast or a stew for adults.

So tell me Dear Reader, what is your favourite cookbook and why?

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Olivia marvelling at her heart cutter!

Polenta Gnocchi

Adapted from The Silver Spoon for Children

  • 350g polenta (coarse or fine)

  • 40g parmesan cheese

  • a little oil for brushing the tray

  • 2 teaspoons salt

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Brush the tray with oil

Step 1 - You will need a baking tray that is about 20cms x 30cms big. Brush a little oil over your baking tray.

Cooking With Kids: Polenta Gnocchi

Read the recipe

Step 2 - Check the instructions on your packet of polenta. Most polenta flours are similar, but it is always worth checking. You will need to measure out the water as directed on the packet, pour it into a big saucepan and bring it to the boil.

Step 3 - Very carefully, pour the polenta flour into the water stirring with a large whisk constantly to ensure that it doesn't go lumpy.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Stirring the polenta

Step 4 - Lower the heat and cook gently and keep stirring all the time until the polenta is thick and smooth. This will take about 3 minutes or the length of time suggested on the packet.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Spreading out the polenta on a tray

Step 5 - Carefully spoon the poleta mixture onto the baking tray. You might like to use a ladle to do this. Spread out the polenta to make an even rectangle and leave to cool and set (you can put this in the fridge once it starts to cool off).

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Little chef's treat: licking the spatula

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

When firm, press out shapes

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Make sure to wet the cutters in between stamping

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Step 6 - When the polenta is cold, stamp out the shapes using a cutter-dip the cutter into cold water to stop the polenta from sticking to it. Start cutting the shapoe along one edge of the polenta. You can also try reshaping the polenta once you have cut out some shapes.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Grating parmesan

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Sprinkle parmesan

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Bake in oven

Step 7 - Turn the oven on to 180c/350F. Brush a little oil ovre a wide baking sheet. Carefully grate cheese over the polenta shapes and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Ta-da! Heart girl Olivia's gnocchi

polenta gnocchi recipe, silver spoon kids

Star girl Laura's gnocchi

Cooking With Kids: Polenta Gnocchi

Diamond girl Eliose's gnocchi-all gone!