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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

This does take time, but it is not hard and it is so worth it. Freezes great too.

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  • 10 to 12 ServingsServings


  • 2 1- pound red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), rinsed, patted dry, pierced all over with fork
  • 1 12- ounce container fresh ricotta cheese, drained in sieve 2 hours
  • Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 3/4 cups (about) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh sage plus whole leaves for garnish



1 Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cook sweet potatoes in microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes per side. Cut in half and cool.

2 Scrape sweet potato flesh into a medium bowl and mash. Take 3 cups mashed sweet potatoe and mix with ricotta cheese in a large bowl.

3 Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt and nutmeg, mix to blend.

4 Mix in the flour about 1/2 cup at a atime until dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured surface, divide into 6 equal pieces.

5 Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into 20-inch-long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky.

6 Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.

7 Bring large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Working batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (can be made ahead or frozen)

8 Preheat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes.

9 Add chopped sage. Turn off heat and season wtih salt and pepper.

10 Transfer half of sage butter to large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the gnocchi. Saute until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes. Empty skillet onto rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sage butter and gnocchi. Garnish with sage laves.

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This does take time, but it is not hard and it is so worth it. Freezes great too.


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