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You’ll never have shop bought gnocchi again after making this sweet potato version! It’s really simple to make and tastes AH-MAZING!!! Before you know it you’ll have polished the whole lot off and be wanting more of this delicious dinner.
Some people don’t get the texture of gnocchi, but personally I think that little pillow entering your mouth filled with heaps of flavour is one of the best things ever. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had bad gnocchi in the past – some can be boring or soggy or bland as hell! But cooked just right, slathered in a delicious sauce… gnocchi is a winner.
Dean and I have experienced lots of gnocchi over the past few years in our trips to Italy. In my opinion the best gnocchi are the ones where there’s still a bit of bite to them. Being totally honest I’ve never made gnocchi before and I was quite scared how it would work out, especially using sweet potato rather than normal.
Dean on the other hand made it once before and it was a DISASTER! 😂 His advice was to make sure that the potato is not lumpy!
So off I went to the kitchen and got everything ready to make my very first gnocchi! Everything was going really well and the dough came together beautifully! So far I was really chuffed and thought “it actually looks like gnocchi”! Dean arrived home and as soon as he saw them his response was “WOW!”. I was still a little nervous as we hadn’t cooked them and thought they could end up like a soggy pillow 😂.
Everything came together and we were both dying to try a mouthful. I went first and I think the smile on my face said it all, they were bloody delicious! I was chuffed that they’d turned out to be a success 😊.
We don’t eat much potato generally these days. Dean is a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to it, they either have to be covered in a sauce, roasted or mashed with a whole tub of butter! Yes he is right when he says they taste better that way, but my waistline wouldn’t hold up if I ate like that all the time! I on the other hand love a simple boiled or jacket potato.
Trying to keep things a little healthier we try to substitute sweet potato instead or normal potato where we can. And with this time of year and the autumn months being prime time with squashes and sweet potatoes I bought a massive pack – I just love how it gives any dish vibrancy and colour. Personally think the sweet potato gave this gnocchi dish loads more flavour and really worked well with the chives and parmesan.
Dean is a meat freak and has to have it with everything so I decided to serve the gnocchi with herby sausages. It gave the dish another element to contrast the sweet gnocchi and I really enjoyed it. The sage leaves were another additional flavour and texture that finished the dish off nicely.
TIP: Have a play around – you can always leave the meat out or add bacon or chorizo. Make it your own and let me know what did in the comments below! 😊