March 06, 2015

Playdate #6 with sweet potato gnocchi

I started writing this post last week and finished today. Happy Holi everyone. 

Playdates are a lot of fun for Nicole and me. It has become a ritual since we began in 2011. Yes, it has been a year since the last one. But we had an ambitious plan for this one, to make sweet potato gnocchi.


Sweet potato gnocchi
The other fun part of these cooking sessions is seeing the kids together. Lil A and Lil N are beginning to play together and they had a lot of fun dressing up as superheroes and ninja turtles.

To make things easier, we made some sides beforehand and then got together to make the sweet potato gnocchi together.

The dinner menu was:
Sweet potato gnocchi
Roasted chicken
Barley salad
Strawberry and chocolate mini cheesecake

We chose the recipe from epicurious and followed it except for reducing some of the butter, cheese, sage and taking out the nutmeg.



Here is how we did it.

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes
21/2 cups fresh ricotta cheese (let it drain for an hour before adding it)
1 cup parmesan cheese
2tbspoon brown sugar
2 tspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2  stick butter
1 tspoon fresh chopped sage

Method:
Microwave the sweet potatoes till they are cooked about 5 minutes on each side. Then take it out, cool and cut it in half.

Put 3 cups of mashed sweet potato in a mixing bowl, add the ricotta and parmesan and mix it well together. Then add the sugar and salt and mix.

Sweet potato gnocchi Then add the flour, about 1/2 cup at a time till a soft dough forms. Then divide the dough in six parts and then divide each part in half to make 10 inch long rope. Cut the rope in 10 pieces and then roll it off a fork to form indentation.

Sweet potato gnocchi
We did some small ones and some big ones. The big ones came out much better. 

Bring a large pot to boil and salt it with 2 tablespoon salt and oil. Cook the gnocchi for 6-10 minutes.

Sweet potato gnocchi
In another pan, melt the butter and then add the sage. Add the cooked gnocchi and saute for 2-4 minutes. We also added some fresh pepper which went well.

Sweet potato gnocchi
Enjoy!

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