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I think we all get very excited when we score that 99 cent 5-pound bag of potatoes. But what to do when you're tired of all the garlic mash and baked spuds? Try gnocchi! Little Italian pillows of love. Here is a very easy way to make some of these classy little dumplings. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce, some sage butter, or just Parmesan cheese. Believe me, they are better than the expensive packaged stuff at the shops!
Yield: 6 servings
I have been wanting to make this for awhile and finally bit the bullet. I had a sweet potato in the fridge that was on the verge of going bad and had I waited another week to use it it would have gone in the compost. So, potential food waste made me make this dish :)
I had a medium sweet potato which was about 1 1/2 lbs and cost me about $1. This dish serves 4-6 people and costs about $1.50 depending on where you get your ingredients. Since I don't like following recipes, here is my own version.
Cut into 1 inch pieces, then flatten with a fork and squeeze the sides with your thumb and index finger. (that's just what I do but feel free to make them how you want). Boil some salted water, then add the gnocchi to it. Take them out with a slotted spoon as soon as they start floating on top and drain on a plate. Each serving is about 12-14 pieces depending on size. I made 83 pieces and used 12 pieces as a serving size. Serve with any type of sauce you want but I like tomato sauce on these. Some people just like to eat them with margarine, salt and pepper.
Freezer Instructions: I didn't eat these right away so I placed the uncooked prepared gnocchi pieces on a cookie sheet and "flash" froze them for 20 minutes. I then placed the pieces in several ziplock bags. When you want to eat these right out of the freezer, it's the same as above. Cook in boiling water and remove when they float to the top.
Other Options: I read that you can use butternut squash or pumpkin for this too. And of course you can use any type of potato, this time of year they are cheap and abundant!
Source: My own recipe, Edited from my blog: http://thefrugalvegan.wordpress.com
By Lisa from Halifax, NS
This garlic-lovers favorite is an elegant vegetarian dish to keep in the freezer for special occasions or a delicious family meal.
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Does anyone have a recipe for gnocchi that does not use potatoes?
Pam from WI
Haven't tried any, but googling "gnocchi", I found these recipes.