What’s for supper? Gnocchi with oxtail

 

This recipe comes from a dear friend and colleague, Ino Kuvacic. It is his grandmother’s recipe from Croatia and the gnocchi are stunningly light and soft in texture.

Serves 6

For the gnocci

520g whole starchy potatoes

1 tablespoon beaten egg

40g freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

40g butter, chopped and softened

Half teaspoon sea salt, to taste

100g plain flour

For the sauce

1kg oxtail, cleaned, trimmed, cut roughly into 4cm pieces

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

100ml extra virgin olive oil

50g pancetta, finely diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 onion, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

1 carrot, diced

100ml white wine

1 litre chicken stock

1 thyme sprig

90g butter, chopped

50g freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

For the gnocchi, boil the potatoes with their skins on until soft. Peel while still hot and pass through a potato ricer or food mill. Transfer to a large bowl and add the egg, cheese, butter and salt. Carefully work in the flour, reserving 1 tablespoon for dusting. Dust down a work surface and roll a quarter of the dough into a log 2cm in diameter. Cut at 2cm intervals. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

For the sauce, season the oxtail then heat half the oil over medium heat and cook until nicely browned.

In another saucepan, heat the ­remaining oil over medium heat and cook the pancetta until crisp. Add the garlic, onion, celery and carrot. Cook for 10 minutes until they’re tender. Add the wine and oxtail and cook for 5 minutes until the wine has evaporated. Add the stock and thyme and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer over a low heat until the oxtail starts to come off the bone, approximately 2 or 3 hours. As the oxtail cooks, skim the fat from the top of the braising liquid. If the the sauce is reducing too fast, add a little extra liquid. Once cooked, take the oxtail from the sauce and let it cool. Remove the meat and return it to the sauce. Reduce the sauce by a quarter.

Cook the gnocchi in abundant salted boiling water. When they float to the surface scoop them out and place in a serving bowl. Add the butter and cheese to the sauce just before serving and spoon over the gnocchi. Serve with the grated parmigiano reggiano.

Taken from ‘Pasta Artigiana’ by Nino Zoccali (Murdoch Books, £20). ­Photograph by Nicky Ryan

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