Learn how to make delicious Italian Malfatti- ricotta & spinach gnocchi from scratch. Step-by-step guide will help you make perfect dish that everybody will like from the very first bite.If you are a huge fan of gnocchi & dumplings, then this is certainly the recipe for you.
WHAT IS MALFATTI?
Malfatti are thick Italian ricotta & spinach dumplings. The name “Malfatti” means ‘badly made’. Originally Italian housewives made them from leftover ravioli filling by adding eggs & flour. Today around different parts of Italy these mouth-watering gnocchi are made in a variety of different ways in a brown butter or tomato sauce.
I can say it is a complete meal in one single bite. It is a very warm & comforting dish that will be perfect for cold winter days.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO MAKE MALFATTI?
NO! Some people fear to make any kind of gnocchi or dumplings because of the lack of knowledge. A good news- You don’t need special equipment or complicated cooking techniques. You can easily mess with Malfattti like with any other dish. Too watery dough will make these ricotta & spinach dumplings gummy and too dry will make them heavy and dense.
I hope my step by step instructions with photos will help you overcome your fears and you will try to make Malfatti from the comfort of your home. Below I provide a few important tips.
- I recommend to use only fresh spinach as it tastes much better than frozen one.
- Cook Malfatti (in batches) in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until they turn afloat. Cook another 1-2 minutes before spooning them out.
- I found that Malfetti taste best with brown butter sauce. It’s very important to get the butter to a dark-brown stage. It should not taste greasy, but has a wonderful nutty flavor.
Serve Malfatti immediately tossed in brown butter sauce with Grano Padano cheese (it could be substituted for Parmesan ).
Because of the versatility Malfatti is a great tasting dish that everyone will love from the moment they get a bite of it. Try these Italian spinach dumplings and share your cooking experience!
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