Friday, January 17, 2014

Little Heavenly Sweet Pillows!....Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi!

I am really excited about this recipe.  I almost feel like it is some sort of feat for me because I have always stayed away from trying to make gnocchi, solely out of fear that they would not turn out properly.  But definitely on the contrary!  No fear here anymore.  They are actually a lot easier to make than one would think.

All you need are some delicious sweet potatoes, a bit of salt and some flour.  Seriously that is it!  Your choice of sauce is really up to you.  I did a lemon, vegan butter-thyme sauce.  But, I also think a vegan cream sauce would be nice, or a sage brown butter sauce.

So, why choose sweet potatoes rather than yukon gold potatoes?  Aside from personal preference, sweet potatoes have less calories, carbs and more fiber.

So lets have fun and start making these heavenly sweet potato pillows!

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Ingredients: (yields 3-4 servings)
3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes
3 c flour (plus extra if need be)

So to start, I roasted my sweet potatoes in the oven for about 45 min-1 hr.  If you want a quick method, you can cook them in the microwave.  I am not sure of the amount of time needed for that, as there is no microwave in my really is not needed!

Once cooked, you are going to want to peel those bad boys, mash until smooth and then let cool to room temperature.

Then, grab your flour and kneed into the sweet potato mash, doing about 1/2 c flour at a time.  Continue to add in the flour and kneed for about 10 minutes.  To make sure you have enough flour, tear in halves and see if the center is still wet.  If it is, add in more flour.  You want the dough slightly moist, not wet.

Next step is to form a nice ball, and pinch off about 2 tbsp worth of dough at a time and roll with either both hands or on a floured cutting board.  Continue this until all dough as been rolled.  With a knife, cut into about 1/2 pieces.

Finally, with a fork, roll the gnocchi over the spokes to create the ridges.  Or, you can just press the fork on one side of the gnocchi.

Boil a pot a salted water and boil the gnocchi for about 5 minutes.  They should be floating when complete.  Remove with slotted spoon and serve with your favorite sauce!

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