Potato Gnocchi

Admittedly, this meal was rather a lot of work, but it was very good.  Just writing this makes me want to cook them again, but it might have to wait until we're less busy.

For the gnocchi:
3-4 medium potatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 egg
1-1½ c. flour
2 Tbs. butter

Boil the potatoes until they are soft.  Pour off the water, then remove the potato peels.  Mash the potatoes until they are smooth, then add the salt, pepper, egg, and flour.  Mix it all together and add more flour if needed to keep it from being sticky.  Divide the dough into 4 parts.  Make each part into a thin log and cut them into 1/2" pieces.  Start water boiling in a big pot and add the gnocchi (about 1 log worth) at a time.  Boil them until they float to the surface, then remove them.  Put them into a frying pan with the 2 Tbs. butter and fry until browned.  I added some fresh sage at this point.

For our gnocchi, we made stinging nettle pesto!  I picked stinging nettles (with gloves on, of course), which are kind of annoying weeds in my garden, and boiled them until they were soft and the stingers went away.  Then, I pureed them with a little olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt.