We always seem to have sweet potato leftovers. Perhaps we subconsciously do this on purpose as an excuse to make gnocchi. This recipe has it ALL: sweet, savory, cheesy... The wonderful flavors and textures of this dish will make you a believer! —WeLike2Cook
If you are not using leftover sweet potatoes, cook the sweet potatoes. We normally have leftovers so this step is not usually part of the recipe for us. The microwave works wonderfully for the potatoes in this recipe. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and then microwave until cooked all the way through. In our microwave this takes about 20 minutes on high. In our microwave this takes about 20 minutes on high. They are done when a knife inserted into the center goes through with little resistance. Alternatively, you can bake them in a 450°F oven for 40 minutes.
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh from the skins and place in a mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes until smooth, and then add egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and about 1 1/2 cups wheat flour. All-purpose flour works just fine as a substitute if wheat flour is not available. Mix with a spoon and then kneed until a soft dough forms. Then gradually add additional flour until the dough is not sticky. Depending of the moisture level of your potatoes and egg, you may have to add a fair amount more flour to get the dough to a workable condition. If it’s too sticky to roll out, add more flour. Don’t overcompensate though; the dough should be soft – not dense.
Now for the fun part! Divide the dough in four parts, and using your hands, roll out each piece into a very long, skinny roll. Then cut off small parts of the dough to form little pillows. Each “snake” makes about 20 gnocchi. If you want them to look fancy, you can use a fork to make indentations on the top of each piece. Place the gnocchi on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bring large pot of salted water to boil and working in batches, boil gnocchi for 3-5 minutes until tender. The gnocchi will float on the surface when done. Don’t over-boil or they turn to a gluey mush!
While there are lots of sauces that go well with gnocchi, the simplest is the best. In a large saucepan, heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Add chopped sage and a bit of kosher salt and heat for about a minute before adding gnocchi to pan. Transfer gnocchi from the boiling pot with a slotted spoon directly into the pan with the sage-infused olive oil. Toss gnocchi to coat well and cook for several minutes until slightly browned. Cook remaining gnocchi in same fashion, transferring to the pan once boiled.
Serve immediately, topped with chopped walnuts, freshly grated parmesan and a bit of fresh ground pepper.