Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Deep Fry Gnocchi

Getting experimental in the kitchen is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In fact, I think I’d be happy to spend every Sunday for the rest of my life tinkering around with new recipe ideas and flavor combinations from the comfort of my own home.

It would appear that Steve from WebstaurantStore feels exactly the same way, especially when it comes to gnocchi. A video of Steve attempting to deep fry gnocchi has recently re-emerged and has been making its way around the internet, because, well, it’s incredible.

This video has actually been around for a good few years now, but it’s recently wormed its way back out of the woodwork and has been delighting a whole new set of kitchen experiment enthusiasts.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Fried gnocchi is a thing, right? Sure, if you’re shallow frying, all you’ll be left with is a delicious meal at the end of it. Deep frying, however, is another story entirely. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’ll let Steve enlighten you.

So what’s actually going on here, scientifically speaking? Well, Seasoned Advice user Sarumanatee had the following plausible explanation for the mini explosions: “I think it’s because there is water inside the gnocchi paste, which turns into vapor and builds up pressure. A little bit like why you shouldn’t throw an ice cube in hot oil.”

For the record, you should never, ever throw an ice cube into hot oil. It’s basically the equivalent of microwaving aluminum foil. Wow, I’m really starting to reconsider my love of kitchen experimentation, it’s a minefield out there! Perhaps I’ll just order takeout instead.

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