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(Serves 2 people)
30g Dried porcini mushrooms
1 Cup boiling water
1 Medium shallot (finely diced)
1 Stalk of celery (finely diced)
1 Garlic clove (finely diced)
140g Mushrooms (your choice)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Star anise
1 Dried bay leaf
3-4 Sprigs of thyme
3 Cups water
Salt & ground black pepper (to taste)
375g Potatoes (russet)
120g Button mushrooms (blitzed or finely chopped)
100g Italian 00 flour
1 Egg (beaten)
1/2 Tsp thyme leaves
Salt (good pinch)
1. Add boiling water to dried mushroom and blanch for 5 minutes. Then, strain the liquid and set aside.
2. Rinse the mushrooms under cold water and pat dry.
3. In a pan, heat olive oil, add shallots, celery, dried blanched mushroom, mushroom of choice, garlic, star anise, bay leaf, and thyme. Stir and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Pour water and strained mushroom liquid. Bring to a light boil and simmer for 1 hour.
5. In a pot of boiling salted water, place the potatoes and cook until tender.
6. Into a hot pan, add the mushroom and cook until liquid evaporates. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
7. While the potato is still warm, peel, add to a potato ricer and squeeze. Add flour, make a small well into the center of the potato, add egg, mushroom, thyme and salt. Mix well and knead into dough.
8. Slice and roll dough into a rope and then cut into 1-inch long pieces.
9. Drop into simmering water and cook until they float. Drain.
10. Remove and discard the star anise and thyme from the broth. Season with salt, pepper and add cooked gnocchi.
11. Garnish with sliced green onion and serve hot!
© STEVEN DOLBY