Nettles are popping up now & are nice and tender. Pick only the young.

Tips for nettles:

Carefully wash the nettle tips and then blanch in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, refresh in ice water. The nettles will be ok to handle after they are cooled. Squeeze out water and chop. 

Gnocchi Ingredients:

  • ½ Kg Maris Piper potato (Floury potato)
  • 1 50g plain flour
  • 1 whole egg
  • 100g cooked nettles chopped
  • Bake potatoes at 180 ºc for 1 hour or until fully cooked.
  • Allow them to cool for 5 minutes to make them easier to handle.
  • Spilt in half scoop out potato and mash.
  • Weigh out 500g for gnocchi.
  • Mix in the nettles and season.
  • Mix in egg.
  • Gently mix in the flour being careful not to overwork.
  • Cut into desired shape. 
  • Blanch gnocchi in boiling salted water. They are ready when they rise to the top of the water.
  • Finish in brown butter.

Serve with Roast chicken or they are delicious on their own.

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