If you have leftover mashed potatoes, turn them into yummy potato dumplings known as gnocchi. It's simple and fun!
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup flour (approx)
dash of salt
Combine ingredients in a large bowl until it forms a ball of dough. Add more flour if dough is sticky. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and divide into 3 sections. Roll sections into long snakes with about a 3/4" diameter. Cut each snake into 1" pieces. Place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Take a fork and press down on the tops of each piece to create ridges (you can skip this step if you're short on time). Place gnocchi one at a time into a large pot of boiling water until they rise to the top. Remove from water and serve with your favourite pasta sauce.
I've tried gnocchi before, but I often find the dough is very sticky and hard to work with, and I inevitably need to use more flour, which can make the gnocchi heavy and chewy. I think maybe the problem was that I used mashed potatoes that had just been cooked. This time, I happened to have leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge, so I tried making gnocchi with it and it worked so much better! I didn't need nearly as much flour, and the resulting gnocchi were perfectly light and fluffy. My family loved them too. I topped them with a basic homemade meat sauce and a little parmesan cheese. Sorry the photo isn't that great, it's getting harder to get good shots now that the sun goes down so much earlier. I often take a photo of leftovers the next day in the daylight, but this gnocchi didn't last until the next day. We gobbled up every last bit of it that night. I know what I'll be making with my leftover mashed potatoes from now on!