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Ricotta dumplings are a classic Italian dish that you can make in a short amount of time. Make ricotta dumplings with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Michael Ballon from Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington. We're going to demonstrate how to make spinach gnocchi or dumplings. It's that classic Italian dish. It does take a few more minutes but it's quite special and they're really light. They should just float like a feather. Preheat an oven for 400 degrees. And then blanch the spinach in boiling water for 15 seconds. Remove it from the water and plunge into ice water. Drain the spinach well and squeeze out as much excess water as possible. This is probably is the most important step in the dish. Beat the eggs lightly in a small bowl. And then in a larger bowl combine the beaten eggs with spinach, ricotta. Add the salt and pepper and nutmeg to taste. Add the Parmesan cheese and three tablespoons of flour and mix thoroughly. And allow this mix to chill for one hour. Melt a little butter and cover the bottom of a small flat baking dish. Then you'll need a large pot of boiling salted water. Take the spinach cheese dumpling mix and use your hands to form small round dumplings, working them as little as possible. Drop the dumplings into the boiling water for about one minute or until they rise to the top. Remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and place the dumplings in a baking dish. Cover with grated Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with a little of the melted butter. And bake or broil for about 10 minutes and serve very hot. A lot of people are accustomed to eating pasta but having homemade gnocchi is a really special dish. And I hope you think it's worth the effort to make those today.

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