Sweet Potato Gnocchi – He Cooks.™

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Sweet potato gnocchi is a delightful variant of the classic Italian potato gnocchi. These little dumplings are made primarily from sweet potatoes, which impart a slightly sweet flavor and a vibrant orange hue. The nature of sweet potatoes means the resulting gnocchi is often a tad sweeter and more flavorful than its regular potato counterpart.

Because of their distinctive flavor, sweet potato gnocchi can be paired with a variety of sauces. A brown butter and sage sauce complements their earthy sweetness. Other options include creamy blue cheese, simple garlic and olive oil, or even a light tomato sauce. They also pair well with flavors like spinach, goat cheese, walnuts, and crispy sage.

The process is somewhat similar to traditional potato gnocchi. First, the sweet potatoes are cooked (either baked or boiled), then mashed. Flour and seasonings are added to form a dough. This dough is then rolled into thin logs, cut into bite-sized pieces, and shaped using a fork or gnocchi board.

They are then boiled briefly in salted water. When they float to the surface, they’re ready to be drained. Many prefer to take an additional step by pan-searing them to achieve a crispy exterior.

Uncooked sweet potato gnocchi can be frozen on a tray before transferring them to a bag, allowing you to cook them straight from the freezer when needed.

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