Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daring Kitchen Challenge: Bacon & Sage Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks' July hostess.  Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine.  She provided us with recipes for SpƤtzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with!


2 cups sweet potatoes,
cooked and mashed
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for dusting
6 slices bacon, cut into thin strips
1 tblsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coursely ground black pepper
2 cups chicken stock
1 tblsp fresh sage, chopped
1 tblsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tblsp cold water

Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine potatoes, ricotta and egg in large mixing bowl.

Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing with your hands until a soft dough forms.

Transfer dough to well floured surface and knead 6 to 8 times until it becomes firm, sprinkling with flour as needed. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into 20 inch logs. Cut each log into 1/2-inch to 1-inch pieces.

Bring 5 qts or water to a boil in a large (8-qt) stockpot over medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. remove from skillet and drain on paper towel.

Add gnocchi to stockpot and immediately stir gently one time. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until gnocchi float to the top. Transfer gnocchi from pot to sheet pan [you your "spider" tool or large slotted spoon].

Melt butter in skillet [12-in] over medium heat. Add gnocchi; sprinkle with s&p. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Transfer gnocchi to same sheet pan and keep warm.

Add stock, sage and bacon to skillet you just used. Bring to a simmer and whisk in cornstarch mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Serve gnocchi with sauce and fresh garden salad.

This salad is fresh from my garden! Delicious!


Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

What a beautiful looking dish. I love everything about it - sweet potato, cheese, bacon, sage. Yum.

Andy said...

I love the idea of sweet potato gnocchi! How yummy!

shelley c. said...

I am so jealous of your fresh-from-the-garden salad!! But that is beside the point... :) Your gnocchi look amazing, and the flavor combination of the sweet potatoes, ricotta, bacon and sage sounds so absolutely AMAZING!! Wonderful job!

Lindsay said...

Yum! looks great! Gj with the challenge!

Oggi said...

I love sweet potatoes gnocchi and yours looks delicious! I'm loving the salad too.:)

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm,yummy. The idea of infusing the flavor of food from fresh herb is strongly welcoming to my kitchen, I like to use the fresh herbs alot, like your fresh salad too. Good job with this month challenge.

blepharisma said...

Great job with the challenge! I really like the flavour combination you used. It looks delicious!

Mary said...

That sounds so delicious! I'm away from home, and have only the sage in the fridge (from my spaetzle), but I want to run out and buy all the other ingredients to make this.

Semper Wifey said...


Mary Bergfeld said...

You really did a great job with the challenge. I love the way the gnocchi look, Carolyn. I suspect this is an idea I'll be borrowing in the fall. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

This gnochhi looks amazing! I was thinking of doing a gnocchi at first..a sweet potato one too, but then succumbed to ravioli :) Love the bacon and sage with it..mouth watering!

Unknown said...

I remember trying this same kind of dish at Mama Hess's place. Delicious! And well done on the challenge!

jessicaclarke said...

This looks amazing! I want to try this, looks like a lot of work, but worth it. Love your blog!

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