Make Ahead

Panfried butternut squash and sage gnocchi

October 28, 2010
Author Notes

A few months ago, my husband and I were on a 'diet'- we had BNS as we like to call it everyway. This was one of our absolute favourites. —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Makes a lot
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash puree
  • 1/2 egg, lightly beaten with a sprinkle of ice cold water
  • 10 - 12 seeds of cardamom, crushed or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cCardamom powder
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup tipo 00 (or plain) flour, sifted
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup chestnut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup almond meal, sifted
  • Sage leaves
  • Butter, to cook gnocchi
In This Recipe
  1. Put the butternut squash puree in a bowl with the egg, cardamom spice, salt and pepper
  2. Gently sprinkle over the tipo 00 or plain flour, a little at a time, using a fork to stir around till all the flour is used up. Repeat with the chestnut flour and turn the mixture out onto a clean floured surface.
  3. Add more flour till you have a soft dough which isn't sticky. Once the dough comes together, let rest for a few minutes.
  4. To make gnocchi, split dough into 3 or 4 parts. Working on a part at a time, roll it into a long sausage shape. Sprinkle some almond meal on your work surface and then roll the sausage in it. Once done, cut the 'sausage' into smaller pieces, about 3-4 cm in length. Repeat with the other portions of dough.
  5. Cook immediately or freeze on a lined cookie sheet in a single layer. When ready to cook, heat some butter in a large pan and add a couple of maple leaves. Ensure the entire base of the pan is greased with butter. Add the gnocchi and cook on low medium heat till a golden toasty crust forms on both sides.
  6. Serve with some chili tomato sauce and pan fried white fish

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