FAVA BEANS WITH POTATO GNOCCHI
Ingredients for 4 servings:
5 pounds fava beans
1 stem fresh rosemary, leaves removed and minced
1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
3 baking potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-1/2 cups flour
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
Grating of nutmeg
Serving: Freshly grated Parmesan
Fava beans: Remove the beans from their cushioned pods. Cook them for 1 minute in boiling salted water. Refresh in iced water.
Use a fingernail to puncture the loosened shell and squeeze out the beans. Repeat with the rest.
Place the beans in a saucepan with the rosemary and garlic. Cover with a mixture of half water, half olive oil. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve.
Gnocchi: Peel the potatoes and cut into 2” cubes. Cover with water in a saucepan, lightly salt, and bring to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Put the potatoes through a ricer or food mill. Heat the butter and milk until the butter melts and stir this gradually into the potatoes. Work in the egg and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Add half of the flour to the potatoes and fold it in with a spatula. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead in additional flour as needed. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll each into a rope 1” in diameter. Place them on a lightly floured sheet cake pan, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Bring 4 quarts of water to a simmer. Remove the pasta ropes from the refrigerator and cut them into 1/2” lengths. Turn each into a traditional gnocchi shape by pressing each piece over the top joint of your finger with the tines of a fork to make a curved underside and ribbed upper surface.
Slide the shaped gnocchi into salted boiling water. Pieces will rise rather quickly to the surface. Cook for 2 minutes, then strain.
Turn the gnocchi out onto a serving platter. Warm the fava beans, season to taste and spoon over the gnocchi. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Pass more at the table. Serve immediately.