Sweet Potato “Gnocchi”

Or, since they’re not quite gnocchi (but damn close), perhaps sweet potato dumplings?  Bites? 

Whatever they are, they’re delicious.

I’ve always loved sweet potatoes, so why not remake one of the best Italian entrees with them?  It’s a win/win.

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Do you like my Pizza King plate?  Pretty sure it’s been in existence for 15+ years.  True treasure, that one.

Let’s make some dumplings/bites/gnocchi!

Serves: 1

1 small sweet potato

3 tablespoons of flour

1 tbsp flaxseed meal (optional; if you don’t use this, you may need more flour)

1 tsp each of basil and oregano

Salt and pepper

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Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 6 minutes on high power.  I like to make several incisions in the skin beforehand so that it cooks all the way through.  You may also want to turn it over at the 3 minute mark.  After the sweet potato is cooked (not too mushy, but easy to prick with a fork), spoon out the contents and place in a bowl with your pre-mixed dry ingredients (flour, flaxseed and spices).  Once mixed, your mixture should appear to be much like a bread or pasta dough.

Move the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead it gently.  You’ll want to knead it to the point where it is no longer sticky, adding flour gradually.  When it has reached this point, take a spoonful of the dough and roll it into the slightly oblong-gnocchi shape that you see below.  The dough isn’t terribly thick, so all it takes is light pressure from your fingers to mold the dough into the desired shape.  Continue taking spoonfuls and rolling until you’ve used up all of the dough!

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In a small or medium sauce pan, boil about 2 cups of salted water.  As it boils, drop in the gnocchi’s and let them boil with the water for about 2 minutes.  That’s it!  Drain and serve with whatever you’d like!

They are a bit softer/fluffier than normal gnocchi, but I really loved the taste and texture!  I chose a plethora of delicious vegetables and a bit of sweet and spicy marinara sauce…

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