What to make for special occasions as a vegetarian – Sweet potato gnocchi

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There’s nothing better than making a hot bowl of gnocchi for someone you care about.


Cooking is always better with someone.  This is my brother and I making fresh pasta and gnocchi.

Choose someone you like, get in the kitchen and give them the plate of recognition they deserve.  Whether it’s a special occasion, a birthday or your average night, this is what I ALWAYS make. I last made this for my brother’s 19th birthday.  It was a raging success! But get ready for a good after meal snooze, giving the heaviness and richness of the dish. We sat down in front of the television, tuning in to the coverage of the World juniors hockey tournament, a birthday tradition.  I missed half the game creating these pillows of joy by hand, but it was worth it seeing the reactions while my family was indulging.

This recipe is generally healthy-ish, all plant-based and really, really good.  It is slightly labor heavy but so worth it, while simultaneously showing that person that you care.  Get ready to get your hands dirty making gnocchi.  Maybe pour yourself a glass of wine, go nuts.

What you will need

For the Gnocchi

2 large sweet potatoes

2 cups of flour ( 1 cup per large potato)

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 small pinch of cardamom (if you have it)

Salt, pepper

For the sauce

1/2 cup of plant-based butter

1/2 cup of fresh sage

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup of white wine

salt, pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

Parmesan cheese (optional)

How you will do it

  1. Cube the potatoes and then in a pot of water, boil them in salt until tender.
  2. Mash the potatoes, add the spices and then let cool.
  3. Gradually combine the flour and the potato mixture until it forms a ball of dough that holds its form.  (If the dough is too soft, you can add more flour.  If the dough is too dry, add a little water).
  1. Cut the dough into 4.  Then start rolling the dough into long snakes. Cut the snakes into small bitesize pieces.  Then press them with a fork or a gnocchi board if you have one.
  2. In a saucepan, add the butter to brown.  After the butter turns to a nutty brown color, add the garlic and sage.  After 3-4 minutes, add the white wine and reduce until the alcohol has simmered out.
  3. Add the potato dumplings to a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes.  Take them out and toss them into the sauce.
  4. Cook the gnocchi in the sauce for 2 extra minutes.
  5. Plate the gnocchi, and add a squeeze of lemon juice on top, as well as the cheese.

There you have it.  An instant heartwarming classic. It will leave everyone eating it, just a little happier to be alive.

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