Say that three times fast! I’m not sure what is so magical about little potato dumplings. Oh, but they are! I’ve never been a fan of pasta. Well except for my entire childhood, but it had to be bright orange and come from a blue box.
I’ve been wanting to try Paleo gnocchi for awhile and when I finally went to the mattresses to make it happen all I had was a purple sweet potato. So I made the purple little dumplings and fell in love! I hope you love them, too!
Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi
1 large sweet potato (any kind), cooked
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup sweet potato powder/flour
ghee (or cooking fat of your choice)
seasonings of choice
Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with foil.
After cooking and removing the sweet potato from its skin (eat that skin, it has some great nutrients and fiber!), mash the potato in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the egg and sweet potato powder and stir until well combined. If you have a dough that is dry enough to handle (not too sticky, but not too dry) then you’re good to go. If your dough is too sticky, add more flour/powder!
Begin forming your gnocchi by tearing off a handful of dough at a time and rolling it into a snake (just like playdough) about ¾ inch thick. You will want to cover your hands in powder/flour. Line each “snake” along your cookie sheet. Then take a large fork and mark each snake several times, one for each piece of gnocchi. Space them out so you have enough room to separate each snake into individual pieces.
Using a knife, cut in between the fork marks. Bake for 10-15 minutes. The edges/bottoms will get a little brown. Once the gnocchi have cooled, toss them a skillet with some ghee, basil and sea salt or your seasoning of choice. You could also use pasta sauce. Get creative! I like mine with chicken sausage and broccoli. Or in the morning for breakfast dipped in coconut butter.
[You can find purple sweet potatoes and the powder/flour at Asian grocery stores or markets. I get the sweet potato at my local natural grocery store.]