Yesterday I realized that we had some beautiful potatoes that were starting to sprout in your pantry. It was time I took action and transform these beauties in something good! I wanted to try out something new, and so I went for gnocchi. I don’t have any experience in eating or making gnocchi but, after watching a few videos online, I eyeballed a recipe and it worked really well! My boyfriend said they were really good and very ‘gnocchi’ like. Success!
Be warned, this recipe takes a while to prepare as you have to cook everything twice. However, the result is a filling, soft, chewy and satisfying meal. We devoured these little beauties at night after we went for a run, and they were perfect! I recommend preparing a light sauce as they can become quite heavy. My lazy rosé sauce was really good and fast to prepare.
Here is what you need:
- 400g potatoes: 200g sweet potatoes and 200g white potatoes
- 100g corn starch
- 100g rice flour
- 1 tsp salt
- only if needed: 2 tbs almond milk.
- extra flour to work with
Here is what you do:
- Cook the potatoes in boiling water. You can cook them whole with their skins, or peel and cut them first. Drain well.
- Mash the potatoes with a fork, add the salt and the flour little by little. Mix with your hands until you have a nice supple dough. If your dough is not coming together because it is too crumbly, you can add a few tablespoons of almond milk little by little. This can help if your potatoes are not starchy enough.
- Divide in small dough balls, and form long tubes of about 1cm of diameter by rolling your dough with your fingers on your counter. Don’t forget to sprinkle your work surface with some flour to avoid sticking.
- Cut in bite sized pieces. Press each gnocchi on a fork to add the typical gnocchi pattern. This is optional, but it’s fun and will help your gnocchi cook faster.
- Boil some water and add a few gnocchi at a time. Let cook until they come to the surface of the water. It is important to keep the water boiling.
- Eat with pesto, tomato sauce or with your favourite pasta topping. I served mine with some oyster mushrooms and a rosé sauce.
For the lazy rosé sauce: in a sauce pan, combine 1 cup of almond milk with 2 tbs ketchup or tomato paste, 2 tbs almond powder and season to your taste. Bring to a boil and mix until it thickens. That’s it!
The contrast between the soft gnocchi and the crunchy mushrooms was really nice. The sauce brought a nice savoriness to everything and combined all the flavours. Definitively a recipe to try out when you have time and feel like having a special pasta dish. Let me know if you give this a try!