Happy Monday, friends! Have you had enough coffee this morning? I haven’t. Not even close. To be fair, I never quit feel like I’ve had enough coffee.
I had a nice, rather relaxing weekend, and didn’t really get much done. Everyone needs a weekend like that every once in a while, right? I did paint about 5% of our hallway to verify that I do want it a shade of navy blue. It’s a big hallway that wraps up the stairs and I’ve been known (many times) to paint a whole room only to decide that I don’t actually like the color. We’re doing our best to avoid that. I’ll keep you updated :)
In other news, my smallest chicken isn’t doing so well. She’s got some weird thing going on with her foot/ leg that seems to have progressed and now she won’t move at all. ???? To make things worse, she’s the runt of the group and my older chickens just keep picking on her. Poor little thing. I’ve moved her to a separate area of the yard with a small extra coop that we have to keep her safe from the mean girls. Hopefully the vet will be able to fix her.
OKAY. On to the Sweet Potato Gnocchi. I’ve wanted to make my own gnocchi for the longest time. Instead I’ve just been buying all the fresh gnocchi that I could find around town. I bought some really yummy gnocchi from a little pasta place here in Nashville called Nicolettos Pasta Co. and had an AMAZING bowl of sweet potato gnocchi at a Nashville Food Bloggers event at the Family Wash. But here I am with my very own HOMEMADE version!
Sometimes people complicate it but making gnocchi is actually SUPER easy! I cut out all the extra ingredients that are sometimes added and kept this recipe super simple with only THREE ingredients: sweet potato, gluten free flour, and salt.
Here’s how this works. The sweet potatoes are baked until they’re fully cooked through and then left to sit until they’re cool enough to hold. They’re then mashed (the proper way to do this is to use a potato ricer) into a flour/ salt mixture like so:
^^^^^Something about that is so ridiculously satisfying to watch!
Because there’s really no other way to do it, the mixture is mushed together (we’re using technical terms here) with your hands, flour being added when necessary, until a nice ball of dough is formed.
I cut mine into quarters and then eventually eighths just to make it all easier to work with. Then it’s rolled into long pieces that are about half an inch thick and finally cut into little pieces about an inch long.
I’ve found that it’s best to re-coat each individual piece of gnocchi in more flour which seems tedious but really only takes a few extra minutes.
I used one of these seemingly fancy gnocchi board because I wanted to be official but really it’s not necessary. You could either create grooves with a fork OR not worry with them at all. The grooves are designed to trap in the flavor of whatever yummy sauce you toss your potato balls in.
And you’re pretty much done! The gnocchi can be cooked right away by tossing it in some boiling water for a few minutes and taking it out with a slotted spoon after it begins to float to the top. OR you can put it in the fridge or even the freezer to save for later. While you’re at it, I suggest just making a big ole batch of it and saving some for a later, lazy dinner. Future you will be so happy that you did!
See how easy that is?! Again, I’m really not sure why gnocchi isn’t a more popular dish. It’s SO YUMMY!
Stephen likes his gnocchi with pasta sauce but I’m a fan of simply tossing it in a bit of melted oil or dairy free butter with a few fresh herbs and maybe a touch more salt and pepper. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Do yourself a favor and make some gnocchi ASAP :)