They say the more you put into something, the more you get out of it.
I find that’s especially true, for the most part, when it comes to cooking. In fact, I often enjoy my meal more when I know I put all the work into it.
That was the case when I first made this oh-so-delicious Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Smoked Gouda-Sage Sauce
. While the lazy side of me was yelling, “Hey! Why aren’t you just buying this stuff from the grocery store?!” the more ambitious side of me was encouraging me to make this dish from scratch. And I’m glad I did.
Homemade gnocchi is out of this world. The taste, texture and feeling of accomplishment you get when those cute little potato pasta pieces float to the top of a pot of boiling water is worth every ounce of effort. And really, with a little practice and patience, it’s not that hard at all to get this dish on the table for a nice weekend meal. And it won’t be hard to get your family to the table when they smell the smoked gouda cheese and sage sauce warming on the stovetop.
Here’s how to make this delicious dish:
First, combine your ingredients in a large bowl and stir with a fork (otherwise, you might over-knead it and the dough will be tough). Once the dough is only slightly sticky, transfer to a counter and divide into 8 pieces.
Roll each piece into a ½-inch wide rope and place on a floured baking sheet (there’s a whole lot of flour going on in this recipe; just roll with it).
Once the ropes have rested a bit in the fridge, cut them up into bite-size pieces and press lightly with a fork to get those classic gnocchi ridges.
Gah! Aren’t they just adorable? I can’t… I just can’t…
Oh, but I can. And I did.
Once they bubble up to the surface, they’re done. Drain and place on a serving plate while you make the cheesy, creamy sauce.
Pour the warm sauce over the gnocchi, top with a few pieces of chopped sage and ta-da! You’ve got a yummy, from-scratch dinner masterpiece. You should be proud of your hard work (but not too proud to devour it, of course).Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!