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Gnocchetti Della Valchiavenna (Valchiavenna Milk And Bread Dumplings)

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Gnocchetti della Valchiavenna, also known as Pizzoccheri della Valchiavenna (Valchiavenna Pizzoccheri ), are delicious tiny dumplings made with stale bread, flour, milk and tossed with Valtellina Casera cheese, Grana padano cheese, browned butter and sage sauce. Traditionally they were shaped with the help of two teaspoons, I personally love to shape them with the spaetzle maker. The spaetzle maker is the kitchen tool that forces the batter through with a back-and-forth motion when the reservoir is full of  mixture.

The Valchiavenna is an alpine region located to the north of Lake Como in the province of Sondrio (Lombardy region). The Valchiavenna is the home of the CROTTI, small natural rocky cellars where cheese and salami of the valley are preserved.

Buon Appetito!!!

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Photo by Ale Gambini – BreadLoveAndDreams

Serves : 4
Difficulty : easy
Prep Time : 20 min.
Cook Time : 2 min.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups flour type 00
1 stale bread roll
1 cup whole milk
water, as much as needed
7 oz Casera cheese PDO, diced
1 large potato, diced
3 oz Grana Padano cheese, grated
7 tbsp unsalted butter
1 garlic clove
5 sage leaves
ground peppercorn, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Soak the bread with the milk, let it soften for 1 hour.
In a large bowl, place the flour and the soaked bread, mix well adding a little water until a soft mixture forms.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, boil the potatoes until fork tender.
Place the spaetzle maker right over the pot, fill it with some mixture then allow the little dumplings to fall directly into the water. Continue until all the mixture is gone.
Cook for a few minutes, then drain dumplings and potatoes with a slotted spoon and place over a baking dish.
Meanwhile, brown the butter with garlic and sage in a medium skillet.
Add the diced Casera cheese to the dumplings, sprinkle with grated Grana Padano and pour over the browned butter sauce.
Stir all the ingredients together until well combined.
Serve hot, sprinkled with black pepper.

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