Idaho® Potato Gnocchi with Maine Lobster

Idaho® Potato Gnocchi with Maine Lobster

Brian Hinshaw
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Columbus, OH



Basil oil


  1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook mushrooms in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add shallots, cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add cream, cooked gnocchi, lobster, garlic purée, salt and white pepper; bring to boil. Reduce to medium heat; simmer until gnocchi are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add arugula; toss briefly to wilt, about 10 seconds; stir in butter and remove from heat.
  4. Serve while hot, garnishing each portion with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons basil oil and a sprig of parsley. (If desired, deep-fry parsley at 275ºF for 5 seconds; drain on paper towel; sprinkle with salt.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prick potatoes with a fork to release steam while baking; bake until easily pierced with a fork, about 1 hour.
  2. Halve potatoes, scoop out the flesh. Press through a ricer onto a lightly floured board. Make a well in the center; sprinkle with half the flour; add egg yolks and salt; cut together with a bench scraper until just incorporated. Examine the texture of the dough, and add more flour if necessary, sprinkling on a little at a time until dough achieves the desired consistency. Too much flour will make the gnocchi dry, so add flour carefully. Use just enough so the dough is tacky and sticks together, but doesn't stick to your hands. The dough should pull away from the board and be tender but not elastic. Use more flour if needed to dust the surface of the board.
  3. Roll dough into a ball. Cut off small section; roll into a ½-inch-thick rope; cut into uniform pieces about ½-inch long. Roll each piece over a gnocchi paddle (or imprint with a fork); place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and dusted with flour. Repeat until all gnocchi are rolled. (Gnocchi may be frozen at this point for later use.)
  4. Cook gnocchi in barely simmering, heavily salted water for 2 minutes; shock in an ice bath; drain. To prevent sticking, gently toss with olive oil. (May be reserved refrigerated at this point 3 to 4 days.)
Basil oil
  1. Blanch basil leaves very briefly (about 2 seconds) in boiling salted water; shock immediately in an ice bath; squeeze out water.
  2. In a blender, purée basil and ½ cup olive oil to a paste; add remaining ½ cup olive oil.
  3. Refrigerate overnight; strain. Will hold refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.