Sometimes you just have to improvise with the remaining contents in your kitchen. I refused to take a trip to the grocery store, so I decided to make do with whatever I could find. Meal prep is always way more relaxing on the weekends, so I am more open to experiment. I searched around Pinterest for inspiration and decided to try making a sweet potato gnocchi. I was inspired by this recipe I found on Kath Eats Real Food. I know that sweet potato and bacon is a winning combination because I have used them together in soup before.
Duration 1 1/2 hour
Cook time 1 hour or so
Ingredients For Gnocchi
1 Cup of Flour (I used whole wheat)
1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
1 Sweet Potato
1/2 Teaspoon of Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon of Cayenne
Salt to Taste
Ingredients for Sauce
1 Sprinkle of White Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Thyme
1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch
3 Tablespoons of Butter
6 Slices of Bacon
1/2 Cup of Cream
1/2 Cup Spinach
(You can add more Cayenne to the sauce if you would like more heat)
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Once oven is heated, place sweet potato in the oven for 30 – 40 minute depending on the size of the potato. The potato is cooked when it is easy to poke with a fork.
- Heat a large pot up with water, a drop of oil and salt.
- Prepare flour mixture by adding paprika, cayenne and parmesan to the flour.
- Remove potato from oven and mash up in bowl. Wait until cools (5 – 10 minutes) and add an egg.
- Slowly shift flour into the bowl with potato, until consistency is no longer sticky.
- Roll and cut into one each pieces and lay on flour dusted baking sheet.
- Place bacon in fry pan and cook to desired crispiness.
- Remove bacon from frying pan and add thyme, butter and white pepper.
- Place gnocchi in the pot with bowling water and wait until they rise to the top.
- Cut up bacon and place back in frying pan, mix together cornstarch and cream, and add spinach.
- You can skip this step, but I like my gnocchi crispy, so I browned my gnocchi in another frying pan with butter.
- Once cream sauce is thick, stir in gnocchi and then serve.
It is not the healthiest meal, but it is good comfort food for those chilly days. I would recommend serving it with a light salad because it is quite a rich meal. Let me know if you enjoyed this recipe, and if you decide to put your own spin on it, I would love to know how your variation turned out!