3/4 cup plain (all purpose) flour and a little extra for dusting
Dried herbs - I use thyme and garlic mix
Steam or boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Then gently mash and let cool
In a large bowl, mix the sweet potato mash, egg, flour, and herbs and spices until all combined into a soft dough is formed
Using clean hands, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a clean surface to knead (tip: I use cling wrap on my bench top as it's more hygienic and easy to clean by removing and throwing out when done!)
Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes. The dough shouldn't be too soft or too hard. Add more flour if it's too soft, and a dash of warm water if too hard.
Separate the dough into 4 round pieces
Roll out each piece to be 30cm long and 2cm in thickness
Using a floured butter knife, slice the rolled out dough into 1cm long pieces (this makes gnocchi sizes suitable for little ones)
Using Palm of hands, roll each piece of dough into a small ball then flatten over a floured fork
Place aside and dust with flour
Follow the above steps for the rest of the dough (You can refrigerate or freeze for later use or cook straight away!)
Cook in a large pot of gently boiling water for about 8-10 minutes or until all gnocchi are floating on top. Then cook for another couple of minutes (I cook it a little extra for my little one so its easier to digest)
Serve with a creamy mushroom sauce - see previous post for sauce recipe
Here's a cool fact about Gnocchi:
Gnocchi is Italian for dumplings. Gnocchi with tomato sauce is known as strangolapreti or strangoloprevete, meaning priest stranglers, because a local priest liked them so much, and ate them so fast, that he choked on them.
Hmm, well I hope there will be no choking when you make this delicious recipe for your family! But you will eat it very quickly, that's for sure!
I think some will argue that I have excluded cheese from this recipe so it won't taste the same, but the sweet potato gives the gnocchi such a beautiful texture and taste, you'll soon forget you wanted cheese in it! I find excluding ingredients such as cheese from Jacob's meals means that he really gets to taste foods for what it is; simple, fresh and healthy. I happily offer him cheese once a day and will add it to meals where it's a must, but in this case the gnocchi tastes just as great without it!
Freezeable!!! So, make a big batch and pop into sandwhich bags for later use. Cooking time shouldn't change when cooking straight out of the freezer.
I hope you and your previous little ones enjoy this gourmet meal!