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Potato Gnocchi with Slab Bacon, Crispy Kale, and Grana Padano

Potato Gnocchi with Slab Bacon, Crispy Kale, and Grana Padano
Serves 4
You can make the gnocchi in advance by freezing them, uncooked, on a baking sheet; Transfer frozen gnocchi to a freezer bag and cook from frozen.
  1. 4 russet potatoes
  2. 2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  3. 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1 heaping teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  6. Olive oil, for drizzling
  7. 4 ounces slab bacon, chopped
  8. ½ sweet onion, diced
  9. 1 bunch curly kale, stemmed and chopped
  10. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  11. ¼ cup grated Grana Padano cheese, plus more to garnish
  1. ►Add potatoes to a pot and cover with water by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from water and cool. Meanwhile, dust a clean work surface with flour.
  2. ►Peel potatoes and grate flesh. Mound potatoes on prepared clean work surface and add flour, ricotta, egg, and salt. Mix ingredients together using your hands, then knead gently until a smooth dough forms.
  3. ►Shape dough into a loaf. Cut into 1-inch slices, then roll each slice into a rope. Cut each rope into 1-inch-thick pieces. Dust gnocchi with flour to prevent sticking.
  4. ►Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil. When water is boiling, add gnocchi in batches. Cook until gnocchi floats, then cook 1 additional minute. Transfer cooked gnocchi to prepared baking sheet with a slotted spoon.
  5. ►Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until rendered and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion to skillet
  6. and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add kale to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove kale and onions from skillet and set aside. Increase heat to medium-high, add cooked gnocchi to skillet in a single layer, and cook until golden brown on one side, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. ►Return bacon, kale, and onions to skillet and stir. Add Grana Padano and cook until cheese just melts. Taste and season with more salt and/or pepper as necessary. Serve garnished
  8. with additional grated Grana Padano.
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Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

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