Back to European dishes! Italians have been tempting us with their wonderful recipes, and now, Simply Sentient will make you an orange pumpkin feta gnocchi. It’s crazy muahahaha! Super good stuff with a little challenge to make.
This version of the Sentient Gnocchi recipe takes orange juice, baked pumpkin, and sweet potato. We added feta or ricotta cheese, chickpea flour, and baking powder to make gnocchi soft and fluffy. It’s easy once you get your hand on it and practice a little.
Fresh herbs have an excellent way to enhance the flavor due to the rich natural oil they carry inside. When you mix sage, thyme, oregano, cumin, or any herb for that matter, these herbs always bring into the dish their essence, enriching the flavors. That’s why we enjoy food so much and how different food culture has transformed the way we prepare our meals.
Just a few tips to make sure this recipe is a success. Choosing the pumpkin is important as there is a different variety of squashes and pumpkins. Usually, pumpkins are wet and heavy as a vegetable, and they make excellent sauces. Some pumpkins are drier than others. To make gnocchi, this requires some attention. The Kabocha, Hokkaido, or butternut squash is relatively easy to work with. We will also use buckwheat flour to hold the gnocchi together instead of processed wheat flour to offer you gluten-free and vegan gnocchi.
When it’s time to serve, it is important to let your butter get hot. If you are vegan use coconut butter, it works wonders. Keep gnocchi in one flat layer in the pan and let them cook undisturbed for a minute or more. You want your dumplings to have a crispy side and a soft, pillowy side, in this way you achieve that. For non-vegans, you can use butter instead of olive oil. You can also substitute rosemary or oregano or thyme for the sage. I’ve tried other combinations. For a taste of heavenly delight, add brown sugar with coconut butter, pumpkin, and sage. Learn the steps below to make this beautiful sweet potato gnocchi!
Pumpkin Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Nutrition Benefits: Filling yet low-glycemic and full of nutrients the sweet potato is very healthy to eat. It contains a good amount of beta-carotene, which helps the eyesight and other functions. In Ayurveda, sweet potatoes are considered to be one of the lightest root vegetables, and are known for their Kapha pacifying effect, and are known to facilitate lymphatic circulation.
- 1 1/2 cup of puréed cooked pumpkin or winter
- 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato (steamed or boiled until soft)
- 3-4 cups buckwheat flour (according to need)The amount of flour you need to make the dough will vary depending on the moisture of the pumpkin or winter squash, as well as the humidity in the air.
- 1/4 cup coconut butter (unsalted butter optional)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 2 tsp mineral salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2-3 tsp fresh sage, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice without pulp
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese for garnish
To make the gnocchi dough, we'll start by preparing the vegetables. Cut the pumpkin in half and bake for 30 minutes in an oven at 180ºC / 360ºF.
Scoop out the pumpkin, discarding the seeds. Add this to a blender along with the orange juice, cooked sweet potato, sage, thyme, and salt, and puree until smooth. Transfer this mixture into a bowl.
Add 2 cups of buckwheat flour and mix well with your hands. Do not knead the dough like bread.
The dough should not be very sticky, add flour as necessary and mix gently.
While shaping into a thin log, keep adding a little flour at a time until you can get a soft dough that will be rollable. You want the dough to be fluffy and pliable enough to shape into a large log, but not too firm and elastic like pasta or bread dough.
Before you start making the gnocchi, boil water in a large pot, add enough salt to it so that the water tastes like seawater. Let this simmer while you make the gnocchi dumplings.
To make the gnocchi, spread some flour on a large work surface and have more flour ready on the side.
Hold the knife's blade horizontally before you cut the dough log, dab flour on both sides of the knife to prevent it from sticking to the dough.
Roll out the dough into almost 1 inch thick logs and then cut the log of dough into equal pieces.
Use the back of a fork to create indentations in the gnocchi: Dust the gnocchi with a little flour, then use one finger to push the dumpling up onto the tines of a fork. Let the gnocchi drop back to the work surface.
You can also press on the cut pieces with your index finger to make it look like little cosy pillows.
When you do this helps in two ways: It makes the dumpling a little thinner, as it makes little depressions and ridges that can catch the sauce better.
Before you boil the gnocchi, add olive oil to the water to prevent them from sticking together.
Using a metal spatula, carefully pick up a few gnocchi at a time and drop them into the water. You can increase the heat to a rolling boil and cook the gnocchi until they float, then remove them gently with a large slotted skimmer or spoon.
After you finish the rest of the chunks of dough and repeat the process until all is done. Work with small batches to prevent them from sticking to each other.
When all the gnocchi is done, heat the butter over medium-high heat until it stops frothing.
Add enough gnocchi to the pan to cover it in one layer.
If you place too much, they will stack upon each other, its best to keep them in one layer and fry undisturbed for a minute 60 seconds.
Lay the cooked gnocchi on a saucepan and saute on one side with butter when it's slightly crispy remove from heat and add your favorite sauce and some parmesan cheese to it. You can, however, just make the coconut butter/regular butter the actual sauce, along with the parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of minced sage.
If you want to serve it hot, keep warm in the oven: If you have to do this in several batches, keep the finished gnocchi on a baking sheet in the oven set on Warm. Serve as soon as they're all done, dusted with black pepper and the truffle salt, and parmesan there you have it.