Potato Noodles

Potato Noodles

Here’s a grandmother’s recipe related to gnocchi but from a grandmother who was not Italian. In this recipe from my mother, Annette Gertner, a potato-based dough is formed into small noodle shapes, which are tossed with bread crumbs and onions, Austrian-style. Another way to serve the noodles is to gently fold them with warm sour cream and chives.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Cut potato in quarters, place in a pot with water to cover, bring to a boil over high heat and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash until smooth in a large bowl. Allow it to cool to lukewarm. Stir in the egg and half the salt. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough that’s not sticky. Spread more flour on a board and transfer dough to the board. Knead lightly for a minute or two. Roll or pat into a rectangle that’s about 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Step 2

    Mix onion with remaining teaspoon salt and spread in a large, heavy skillet. Cover and place over low heat to steam until tender but not brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Slice dough into 1/4-inch wide strips and cut into 1-inch-long pieces. Drop into boiling water, reduce heat to medium, and cook until noodles rise to the surface, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Keep covered.
  4. Step 4

    Add remaining butter to the skillet with the onions. Cook on medium until the butter melts, toss, add bread crumbs and dill and cook for a few minutes until ingredients are well-combined and the bread crumbs are fragrant. Add noodles, reheat and gently fold everything together and serve.