Archive | November, 2009

Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi

3 Nov sweet potato gnocchi

While we were in San Francisco, we made one homecooked meal: delicious homemade gnocchi. I had never made gnocchi before, but had experienced the pleasure of fresh gnocchi through my grandmother’s gnocchi. Obviously, we were all amateur gnocchi-makers, because the meal ended up taking over 3 hours to put together (bad team work? too much wine? is there such thing as too much wine?). Unfortunately, after all that work, the final dish was only ok with a homemade pesto. Some pieces were undercooked and the gnocchi wasn’t as fluffy as it was intended to be.

That said, I set out to try my hand at making a good gnocchi dish once I got home. Instead of using Russet potatoes as the main ingedient, I chose sweet potatoes (you know me, always trying to inject some color in there). I wasn’t sure how the addition of the potatoes would affect the texture of the end product – one flaw in SF was adding butternut squash to the potatoes, which disrupted the flour to potato ratio by introducing too much water.

After all was said and done, I would say this is the best gnocchi I’ve ever had (can I toot my own horn?). It was light and had a slightly sweet background flavor brought on by the potatoes.

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