The idea to make gnocchi came to me quite serendipitously one day while searching the pantries for an easy dinner idea. These little dumplings look so beautiful and taste so hearty you will hardly believe its so simple to make – just check out the ingredient list! Gnocchi is the perfect balance between easy and elegant.
Foolproof and fun to make – its a great recipe for getting kids involved!
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 Sweet Potatoes
Flour – about 3 cups or until dough forms
Salt & Pepper
Boil sweet potatoes with skin on for about 40 minutes. When tender, remove from water, cut in half and remove sweet potatoes from the skin using a spoon.
Break sweet potatoes up with a wooden spoon, add salt and pepper and mix with enough flour for a dough to form that isn’t sticky.
Knead dough and separate into 4 balls. This makes it easier to work with.
Roll each ball out into a rope and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Using a fork press and impression into each piece to make the ridged design.
Drop gnocchi into boiling water 1 piece at a time. When the gnocchi rises to the top of the water, its ready! This takes about 2 minutes. Remove it from the boiling water with a slotted spoon.
Step 6 (optional)
This Gnocchi takes great alone but if you’d like to go the extra mile – toss fresh gnocchi with pasta sauce and freshly chopped basil; sprinkle with Parmesan.
Tip: Extra dough can be stored in a zip-lock bag in the freezer, just transfer to the fridge 24hours prior to when you have a hankering for more gnocchi.