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Fiery Sweet Potato Gnocchi

In reference to our Venetian theme this month, this week’s recipe is another of my favorite Italian-inspired recipes. Growing up my family made traditional potato gnocchi. It was always a huge production. My father and I would spend hours, rolling out hundreds of little gnocchi, preparing three different sauces, and, in the end, having a gnocchi fest with family and friends. Every person had to try the gnocchi with each sauce, falling in love anew with every bite. In the end, everyone was stuffed and happy…or uncomfortable from overeating – but – still happy…

Now that I’ve grown older and expanded my cooking experimentations, I’ve started making gnocchi with sweet potatoes. They’re a variation on the traditional version – a little healthier, and a little spicier. I don’t make hundreds, so it’s a bit less time consuming, but it still takes a while to make them. The following recipe will yield enough for 4-5 people – depending on how much you can eat. I made a homemade tomato sauce to go with them (I’ll can give you all this recipe another week if you’re interested), but they’re also good with butter & sage or any tomato/diavolo sauce you have.


2 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 Baking Potato

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

½ Tsp Dried Oregano

Pinch of salt

All Purpose Flour


Preheat oven to 375˚F

Peel and dice sweet potatoes, then mix with olive oil, red pepper, and oregano in a roasting dish.


Cover dish with tinfoil, and then place in the oven to cook until potatoes are extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)


Place baking potato to boil until it is also extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)


Let both potatoes cool. Once the baking potato is cool enough to handle, peel and dice it. Then throw both the sweet potatoes and the baking potato together into a large mixing bowl.


Using a hand blender or rice mill blend both together until fairly creamy


Using a wooden spoon, mix in egg & a pinch of salt.


Still using a wooden spoon and working quickly, mix in flour until mixture reaches a doughy consistency. Towards the end I usually ditch the spoon and work it with my hands. It should still stick to your fingers a bit, but be thick enough to roll out once you’ve reached the right texture. It’s important to work fast so that you don’t have to add too much flour which will result in heavy gnocchi.


You’re now ready to roll out the gnocchi. Set yourself up on a table, or with enough counter space. You’ll need flour and a fork. Pour some flour on the surface, and cover your hands so that the dough doesn’t stick.

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To roll out the gnocchi you first toll the dough into little logs about ½” thick. Then, using the fork, cut them into approx. 1” segments. Once you’ve done so, press the fork lightly on top to make little ridges. This is a little trick passed down through my family to help them cook just right, and it also makes them pretty.


After you’ve rolled them out, you’ll want to place the finished pieces on a towel until you are ready to cook them.

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To cook the gnocchi you’ll want to set a pot of water to boil. Once it has reached a boil, drop in about 8 gnocchi at a time. Once they are cooked they will start to float, and you can scoop them out with a spatula or something with holes to let the water through.


Each serving is about 15 pieces. Drizzle with your desired sauce, garnish, and serve!

Buon Appetito!

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Peggy -August 21, 2011, 11:16AM

Wow! This looks amazing I’ll have to try this :-) I’m a big fan of gnocchi and and even bigger fan of sweet potato raviolis… this sounds like a great homemade blend between the two! Love it.

Anonymous -August 21, 2011, 12:44PM

Yummmm I gotta try this!

Anonymous -August 21, 2011, 2:15PM

This looks sooo yummy! I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking but I might have to try this one!

Rena -August 21, 2011, 3:57PM

I’ve never tried Gnnochi and when I saw this recipe I decided it had to be lunch! The sweet potatoes are almost ready to be taken out of the oven. My stomach is excited to see how this will turn out heehee

I would be interested in the the homemade sauce recipe :D

Clothing -August 21, 2011, 4:38PM

this is very useful post i think. the blog is very nice. carry on

Rena -August 21, 2011, 5:23PM

Just finished! The gnocchi have a nice flavor that is a little sweet and spicy and taste great with a simple tomato sauce. I can’t wait to make them for friends. Thanks for the great recipe Naomi!

Pupeow -August 22, 2011, 4:10AM

Oh my…
This post makes me so hungry and my stomach is growling in protest.
But I’ve just had two wisdom tooth off yesterday and couldn’t eat anything but congee…

--Clothing -- -August 22, 2011, 7:42AM

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Taylor -August 22, 2011, 8:44AM
leah -August 24, 2011, 1:04AM

I made this tonight!!!!! It took me 3 hours….but was so good! Wish there was a way to post a picture in this comment to show it

Brianna -August 25, 2011, 12:47AM

I made this tonight. it took 3 1/2 hours and it turned out ok….I didn’t really like it and it was very stressful to make but My family seemed to like it.

Melissa -September 6, 2011, 11:44AM

When is the sauce recipe coming? :)

fp naomi -September 6, 2011, 4:21PM

melissa – keep an eye out this sunday!

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