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Gnocch, gnocch, gnocchi(n) on Heaven’s Door

April 20, 2009


Oh my, oh my.  As you remember, I was on cloud 9 with my last venture into the world of gnocchi.  Is there a cloud 10?  Because this meal is worthy of a cloud 10.  

Reader, I introduce you to the Sweet Potato Gnocchi.  The delicate, fluffy yet somehow firm, delicious dumpling made of egg, flour, and sweet potato.  These sweet potatoes offer a subtle, sweet character to the pasta.  They need little more than a simple browned butter sauce to develop into the most perfect pasta dish.

I had high (like cloud 15 high) hopes for these gnocchi.  The Omnivore had uttered the “acquired taste” omen at his last introduction to plain potato gnocchi.  And, unfortunately, this evening, he requested that he be served future gnocchi in small portions only.  I guess that means more carbs for me.  Oh darn.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi (3 servings)

1/2 cup riced (cooked) sweet potato [baked, boiled, or steamed]
1 egg white
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups flour (start with 1 1/2 and add by the T to reach the proper dough consistency)


Beat egg white in a medium bowl.  Add sweet potato and combine thoroughly.  Incorporate cinnamon and salt, followed by flour.  Roll the dough into logs, 10 inches long and 1/4 wide.  Cut gnocchi with a sharp knife and roll each dumpling along the tines of a fork to form ridges.

Browned Butter Sage Sauce (adapted from FoodNetwork)

1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp rubbed sage

Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil gnocchi.  Melt butter in a saucepan and simmer slightly until it begins to brown.  Add seasonings.

Place gnocchi in gently boiling water.  Cook until dumplings float to the top.  Transfer to pan containing brown butter sauce until all gnocchi are cooked.  Toss and serve.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2009 12:14 pm

    I always buy sweet potato gnocchi at world market… i will have to try making my own now!

  2. joelen permalink
    April 20, 2009 12:31 pm

    So funny you posted about this! I was talking to friends about gnocchi yesterday and they mentioned trying it with sweet potato! Looks fabulous!

  3. April 20, 2009 5:25 pm

    Sweet potato gnocchi are one of my favorites too!


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