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Ricotta Gnocchi Virtual Cooking Event with Bottega Napa Valley

Cheese, flour, and egg…learn how these three simple ingredients can come together to craft the perfect Italian dumpling. Arthur Coutinho, Chef De Cuisine at Napa Valley’s famous Bottega Restaurant, is joining the Frank Family team to divulge his expert tips on making Ricotta Gnocchi and tomato sauce with hen. Chef Art will virtually demonstrate how to achieve his light and fluffy gnocchi – a craft he perfected from years of working at some of California’s finest Italian restaurants as well as traveling and working throughout Italy… twice.

Gnocchi is a beloved accompaniment in the wine world because it makes the perfect vessel for delivering flavor while at the same time is a blank canvas for pairing voluptuous wines. We will be enjoying the evening’s culinary delights alongside three Frank Family estate grown wines that will completely elevate the fluffy pillows of pasta on your plate.

Join us on Thursday, September 3 at 4pm PDT/ 7pm EDT for yet another extraordinary live cooking demonstration paired with your favorite Frank Family wines. Pasta and wine lovers, you won’t want to miss this! Register via Zoom here.

No purchase is necessary to participate in this virtual event. However, if you’d like to enhance your experience, we have created a wine tasting package so you can taste along with us from the comfort of your own kitchen. Enjoy 2-day shipping for the cost of ground with each tasting package purchase. Please select “ground shipping” at checkout and we will apply the upgrade for you once your order is placed. For guaranteed delivery by September 3, place your order by noon on Friday, August 27.

Take a trip to Italy with Bottega’s repertoire of traditional Italian recipes with a California twist. View the ingredients and recipes below.

Long Cooked Tomato Sauce with Hen (Yield 4 cups)

Pairs best with 2017 Chiles Valley Zinfandel

Ingredients

2 tbl - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup - Carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4” dice
1/4 cup - Celery, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/2 cup - Onion, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 tsp - Garlic
1/2 - Bay Leaves (fresh only)
1 1/2 cup - Red Wine
6 cup - Di Napoli Tomatoes, whole peeled (pureed)
1 - Chicken Thigh
4 - Basil Leaves, minced (just before serving)
2 tsp - Rosemary, minced 
Grey salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. In a hot sauce pan, sear the Chicken thigh on all sides.
  2. Add the garlic and let brown, then crack in the rosemary and bay leaves.
  3. Immediately add the carrots celery and onions cook until translucent.
  4. Add the wine and cook dry.
  5. Add the tomatoes and either cook low and slow on the stove top or insert the pan into the oven until the chicken is perfectly cooked.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, check the sauce for consistency. It should be a thick, homogenized sauce. Carefully remove the chicken from the sauce. It will be very tender.
  7. Add basil to sauce before serving.

Ricotta Gnocchi (Yield 4 portions)

Pairs best with 2017 RHF Cabernet Sauvignon

Ingredients

2 lbs. - Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
4 tbl - A.P. Flour (Guisto), plus more for dusting
T.T. - Grey Salt
2 ea. - Egg Yolks

Method

  1. Put a 1 gallon pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil while you are making your pasta.
  2. Two days before you make your gnocchi remove the ricotta from the container and nestle it in cheese cloth over a strainer with something to catch the water. Cover the top of the cheese with plastic and put a weight over to help press some of the liquid out.
  3. On a wooden cutting board dusted with flour make a well with your dry cheese.
  4. In the center of the well separate your egg and drop the yolk in the center.
  5. Using a bench scraper fold the yolk into the cheese until it is fully incorporated. You will know by the color. You should not see any streaks of yellow.
  6. Then flatten the cheese out and put 1 tablespoon of your measured flour and fold it in by cutting the cheese in half and folding it over.
  7. Next, add another tablespoon of flour and fold it in. Repeat with the rest of your measured amount of flour. Continue to flatten and fold in half until the flour is fully incorporated.
  8. Finish by forming the dough into a loaf. Then cut loaf into slices, approximately the thickness of a wine cork.
  9. Cut the slices longways into bars the thickness of a wine cork once again. Take each of the bars and roll them on the board putting just enough pressure to roll the edges and coat them all the way around with flour.
  10. Cut the ropes of pasta into 1 inch long gnocchi. Once they are all cut dust them again with flour and gently toss them around.
  11. Transfer them on to a baking tray and freezer if you do not cook the gnocchi right away.

Cooking and Plating the Gnocchi with Hen Sauce

  1. If you are ready to eat, salt the boiling water with kosher salt. Drop your gnocchi into the water.
  2. Once it floats count to 15 and it will be ready. The gnocchi will not take longer than 1.5 minutes from start to finish.
  3. If you are cooking it from frozen it will take about 5 minutes for them to float. Remove 1 piece once they begin to float and gently press your finger into it. If you feel a pebble in the middle it is still frozen. Drop it back in and check it in another 30 seconds.
  4. Once they are ready, gently remove them from the water with a slotted spoon, not a wire spider or colander as they are too rough.
  5. Transfer the gnocchi onto a baking tray and then to the plate or platter.
  6. Drizzle the gnocchi with California Abequiña oil from your favorite frantoio. Add basil to the hot hen sauce and spoon it over the gnocchi on the platter. Grate fresh Pecorino Romano cheese over the top before it hits the table and enjoy with a glass of Frank Family wine!