Sunday, June 13, 2010

homemade sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and garlic sauce


2 (8 ounce) sweet potatoes
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake sweet potatoes for 30 to 60 minutes, or until soft to the touch ).

Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool.

Once the potatoes are cool enough to work with, remove the peels, and mash them, or press them through a ricer into a large bowl.(if after you bake and peel them you realize they aren't soft to the center, pull the soft part off with forks and then steam the hard centers in the microwave for about five minutes until soft)

Blend in the garlic, salt, nutmeg, and egg. Mix in the flour a little at a time until you have soft dough. Use more or less flour as needed.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. While you wait for the water, make the gnocchi.

making a gnocchi dough snake

On a floured surface, roll the dough out in several long snakes, and cut into 1-inch sections.
cutting the dough snake into gnocchi
Drop the pieces into the boiling water, and allow them to cook until they float to the surface. Remove the floating pieces with a slotted spoon (its like skimming a pool)
they pop up when they're done
keep warm in a serving dish.

Serve with butter or cream sauce.

Also, if you have more than you need you can cut them and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once frozen toss them in a zip lock bag and save for later

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