What are "gnocchi"?
‘Gnocchi’ are little dumplings. Gnocchi can be made like little potato dumplings which are dropped in boiling water to cook. They also can be made from semolina, or polenta, in which case the grain is cooked like a porridge, left to cool, and cut into smallish circles. Both kinds are served with either melted butter, or a sauce.
English speakers tend to say ‘nokki’ which is not good enough – there is no reason not to pronounce this word correctly. If you can say lasagna, you can say gnocchi! In Italian ‘gn’ sounds like the ‘ny’ in ‘canyon’ and this rule always applies.
‘Gnocco’ (which is the singular of ‘gnocchi’) means ‘dim-wit’, or ‘block-head’ in Italian. In some parts of Italy, they call ‘gnocchi’ ‘trofie‘.
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