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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter-Balsamic Sauce

(adapted from www.aidamollenkamp.com) (I halved the amounts in her recipe)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 lb. russet potatoes
  • 1 Tsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. finely grated Parmmesan
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 - 1 c. all purpose flour
  • Brown butter sage sauce:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 4-6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly shaved parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat an oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, season with a few good pinches of salt and a few cranks of pepper, place on a rimmed baking sheet, cut-side down, and roast until fork tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Scoop flesh out of skins then pass flesh through a potato ricer (or mash with back of a fork) and stir in cheese, egg, honey, and salt. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms. Taste and add additional salt, as needed. You’ve added enough flour when you touch the back of the dough and it is damp but not sticking to you hand.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and shape into a square. Divide into 16 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into a rope (about 1/2 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. However, don’t add too much additional flour as too much will make for heavy gnocchi. Cut each rope into 1/2 -inch pieces. Use your thumb, roll each piece down over tines of a fork to indent or use gnocchi board. (You may want to go to youtube.com and check out forming gnocchi.)
  4. Bring large pot of heavily salted water to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, simmer gnocchi until tender, about 5 minutes. It will sink to the bottom first and after a few minutes will rise to the top. Then continue cooking 3-5 minutes longer. You may want to test one to see if it is done. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer and then put on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. TIP: The gnocchi can be made 4 hours ahead — let stand at room temperature then dip in simmering water until heated through.
  6. For the sauce:
  7. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it foams, add sage and cook until crisp and fragrant. Remove sage to a plate and return frying pan to stove. The milk solids will begin to brown and the butter becomes fragrant and nutty. Scrape along the bottom to prevent the solids from sticking and burning.
  8. When the butter is brown, immediately remove from heat, and carefully stir in the vinegar. Stir in pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, (I did not add any additional water) return to heat, and cook until just coated in the sauce. Add a lot of freshly ground black pepper, taste for seasoning and finish with additional pasta water, salt, black pepper, the crisp sage, and freshly shaved parmesan.