Have you ever searched for a recipe on Google or another site and found hundreds, even thousands of results and just didn’t know where to start?
If you truly want 4.9 million ways to make gnocchi, then I’m sorry to say but Rouxbe is not for you. In fact, if you want 50 different recipes to make gnocchi, we’d say the same thing. Recipes teach you the “do this… then do this… then do this… etc.” At Rouxbe, we teach you to cook and to have success with cooking – highlighting the how’s, why’s, what to look for, even what to listen for.
The next time you look at a recipe, look for all the absolutes that could not possibly guarantee success for the majority of at home cooks using a recipe. Things like: Bake for 45 minutes. What if your oven is out by 50 degrees? Cooks need to learn how to bake until it is done by learning what “done” looks and feels like.
For gnocchi, most will call for about 2 potatoes, 1 cup of flour and 2 egg yolks. What if the potatoes you use are larger than those used in the recipe? What if the potatoes are of another variety (e.g. Russet vs. Yukon) where water content can vary widely? Are the eggs small, med or large? To increase your cooking success, you need to stop relying on recipes and start acquiring the skills and techniques required to make them.
To help illustrate why you need to learn the hows, whys, what to look for, etc, here’s a little test. For those that have an oven thermometer (and all should), place it in the center of your over and turn your oven to 300 degrees. Wait 15 minutes and then post the actually internal temperature reading here below this blog post. I bet you’ll see why you need to start learning how to test for doneness and why you need to rely less on recipe absolutes and more on your brain.
Without a solid foundation in cooking, who really needs 4.9 million recipes?
Look forward to your results.