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How to make gnocchi extra? With arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

Potato gnocchi are browned in a skillet after boiling, then tossed with a simple vinaigrette and garnished with arugula, sauteed mushrooms and shaved Parmesan. Chicago Tribune / TNS

Gnocchi, delicious solo, are extra delicious paired with extra elements, such as spicy greens, toasted mushrooms and truffle salt. The combo adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

Gnocchi with Greens

Prep: 30 minutes. Cook: 1 minute. Makes: 3 servings

Gnocchi:

1 large (¾ pound) russet potato, scrubbed

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground nutmeg

Up to ½ cup cake flour

For toasting:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced white mushrooms

2 teaspoons rosemary, fresh or dried, chopped

To finish:

3 ounces baby arugula

Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Truffle salt

Parmesan cheese, in a chunk

1. Bake: Stab potato twice with a sharp knife. Bake at 425 degrees until tender when squeezed, 55-60 minutes. Alternatively, zap tender 5-6 minutes. Halve baked potato and press through a potato ricer. Discard skin.

2. Mix: Drop yolk onto potatoes, scatter on ½ teaspoon salt and a few grates of nutmeg. Stir with a fork, just to combine. Sprinkle on 2 or 3 tablespoons flour, and mix gently to form a soft dough, adding flour as needed — you may only need half the flour.

3. Roll: Divide dough in four. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a ¾-inch-thick rope. Slice crosswise into 1-inch segments. Flip pieces over a fork, tines resting on table. Roll each gnocco down the back of the fork, pressing lightly, to imprint grooves.

4. Boil: Drop gnocchi into simmering salted water in batches. Gnocchi will sink, then, in about 1 minute, float. Count 10 seconds. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and cool on a kitchen towel.

5. Sizzle: In a wide skillet, heat butter and oil over medium. Slide in gnocchi and mushrooms; sprinkle with rosemary. Toss until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Pull out with a slotted spoon, and toss with half the vinaigrette.

6. Plate: Toss greens with vinaigrette to taste. Heap on each of 3 plates. Spoon gnocchi and mushrooms on top. Sprinkle with truffle salt. Carve on some Parmesan curls. Enjoy.

Vinaigrette: Let 2 tablespoons chopped red onion mellow in 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar for 20 minutes. Whisk in 1½ tablespoons olive oil, ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and a little garlic mashed with salt.

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