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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Sunday's Best

Well when I was growing up,  Sundays were a big deal in my family. It was family day. We celebrated Family Day every Sunday. It was a time of rest. The time to spend with the family and the day that my mother would treat us with homemade pasta! Nothing beats homemade pasta. It does take a little time to make but if you slot some time once a week I think your family deserves it. One of my favorite dishes is gnocchi.  I'm sharing with you my mother's recipe. My mother and I have tweaked it a little bit to add a bit of sweet potato in it as a healthy alternative. If you don't like sweet potato use all potato.

Nonna Lidia's Sweet Potato Gnocchi

3 potatoes
1 small sweet potato
Both combined weighing about 2 pounds. If you do not like sweet potato then use all potato

1 Egg
1 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour

Boil the potatoes in salted water until fully cooked, remove from heat. Drain water from pot and carefully peel the skin from the potato. Rinse the potato and place in bowl. Place potato in ricer into another bowl.

Once the potatoes have gone through the ricer, add 1 tsp. salt and the egg.

Stir until incorporated.

Place the flour on a clean working surface. Add the potato mixture on the flour mixture and slowly incorporate the potato mixture with the flour until a soft dough forms.

slowly add the flour until soft dough forms

Add more flour if needed as you knead the dough..

The dough should be nice and smooth.

Now it's ready to cut the gnocchi into strips.

Roll into a 1/2" rope.

Cut on the diagonal (about 3/4")

Place a clean tea towel on a baking sheet and sprinkle with flour.

Place the gnocchi on the baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with flour.

On your stove, boil salted water. We add about half a tsp of salt to the water. Once the water has boiled, drop the gnocchi into the water. Stir gently. Once all the gnocchi has popped to the surface, remove the gnocchi with a drainable spoon and place onto your serving platter.

Add your favorite tomato sauce and gently incorporate.

Serve with parmesan cheese.

Approx 6 servings.

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