4 cups rock salt
1kg sebago potatoes, scrubbed
½ cup finely grated pecorino pepato, plus extra to serve
¾ cup plain flour
1 tsp sea salt
2 egg yolks
8 field mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ cup sage leaves
zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup olive oil
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
80g taleggio, sliced
½ cup pouring cream
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
¼ cup parmesan, finely grated
¼ cup olive oil
1To make the pangrattato, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook, stirring for 8-10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Set aside.
2 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place rock salt on a baking tray, top with potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until soft and skins are crispy. Set aside to cool slightly. Cut the potatoes in half. Scoop the flesh into a medium bowl and mash until smooth. Add pecorino, flour and sea salt and mix to combine. Add egg yolks and stir until the mixture comes together.
3Knead on a lightly floured surface for 1 minute or until a soft dough forms. Divide dough into four 30cm logs. Cut into 3cm pieces and set aside on a lightly floured tray. Cook half the gnocchi in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until they surface. Drain and repeat with remaining gnocchi. Set aside.
4Increase oven to 220°C. Place mushrooms, garlic, sage and lemon in a roasting pan. Dot the butter over the mushrooms and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes or until golden and tender. Add gnocchi, top with taleggio, pour over the cream and return to the oven for another 20 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
5Top with pangrattato and extra pecorino to serve.
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