It is with great delight that I introduce guest blogger Ingrid.
Ingrid blogs at From Ingrid, With Love. She loves cooking with her husband and filling her Minneapolis home with the smell of freshly baked bread. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her exploring her home state or curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Hello, friends! My name is Ingrid, and Kami is letting me take over the blog today! I blog about food and life in my hometown of Minneapolis at From Ingrid, With Love. I’m so excited to work with another awesome Minnesota blogger, and to share a delicious recipe with all of you!
My husband and I love food and we love cooking together. Most nights we walk in the door after work and head straight for the kitchen to start on dinner. But with laundry and chores and other responsibilities, we don’t have a lot of time on weeknights and have to save most of our cooking adventures for the weekend. We have so many recipes to try, entire Pinterest boards of ideas saved for the weekend.
One of those ideas was gnocchi. Even the word gnocchi sounds scrumptious. Light, pillow-ly potato dumplings in sauce – what’s not to love? I tried to make gnocchi once a few months ago and it was a messy disaster and lots of work (and dishes to clean) for a disappointing result.
Traditionally, gnocchi is rolled out and painstakingly sliced into individual pieces and then boiled. I loved the idea of sweet potato and ricotta gnocchi, but they were far too fragile to boil and required too much time, patience and olive oil to fry. (Technically, since my little sweet potato dumplings contain ricotta they are actually gnudi, but we can keep that between us. I tried to fry them (as the original recipe suggested) but it took an incredible amount of oil and patience. The solution, baked gnocchi!
I used a tablespoon to measure out even amounts of dough and rolled them into balls. After 15 minutes in the oven, they were a dark, brilliant hue of orange with a thin crust and fluffy interior. These baked sweet potato gnocchi are delightful on their own.
The pumpkin sauce is savory and bold. A little bit goes a long way. I love how different the sweet potato gnocchi and pumpkin sauce taste separately, and then together they complement each other beautifully. The color of the sweet potato gnocchi is stunning. You can see how bright and vivid they are in the photos – no editing or fancy photography tricks, they really are that vibrant in real life.
This sweet potato gnocchi is definitely do-able on a weeknight. Start to finish, the recipe takes about an hour, but there’s a lot of down time; perfect for straightening up the kitchen, emptying the dishwasher, setting the table and doing the dishes before dinner is even served. These are all things that need to be done anyway, so this recipe doesn’t distract from my weeknight to do list. And while rolling out gnocchi sounds time-consuming, it goes very quickly. If you have kids who like helping in the kitchen, they can help roll gnocchi! The texture of the chilled dough is very similar to play dough – easy to form without being sticky.
Recipe adapted from the FIXATE Cookbook
Thank you again for Kami for letting me guest post today, and thank YOU for joining us! If you enjoyed this recipe, I’d love if you visit From Ingrid, With Love to say hello!