Perhaps because I'm afflicted by the Kaye Effect, I have trouble dropping gnocchi (or tortellini or ravioli) into a pot of boiling water without significant splash-back. Is there a way to avoid this?
It's impossible to place the gnocchi into the pot gently, since the water is 212° Fahrenheit. Thus, it must be dropped. And therein lies the problem of the splash-back — gnocchi is heavy and the splash-back is forceful and painful.