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Fall Squash Gnocchi

Gnocchi are feather light dumplings usually made solely from potatoes but can be made from many different starchy vegetables. 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fall food, gnocchi, squash
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Francois

Ingredients

roasting the squash

  • 1 potimarron or butternut squash
  • 2 russet potatoes scrubbed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 sprig rosemary

making the gnocchi

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp crack black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour

finishing the dish

  • 8 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup rich chicken stock
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

Instructions

roasting the squash

  1. Cut squash in half, remove seeds, then toss with potatoes, olive oil, and salt. Put into a large pan with the rosemary sprig, cover, and roast at 400 degrees for one hour, or until tender and can be easily pierced with a paring knife. Be careful of escaping steam when checking to see if your squash and potatoes are cooked.

    squash and potatoes

making the gnocchi

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid bowl. Get a bowl filled with ice cubes and water ready.

  2. Remove squash and potato and place on your counter. Use a large tablespoon to scrape the meat out of the squash. Peel potatoes with a paring knife. 

  3. Put both squash and potatoes into a ricer. Mix with egg yolks, parmesan, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. If it needs a bit of seasoning do so to your personal tastes. Mix in flour and feel the dough, it should be solid enough to roll in strands but not too bouncy. It is hard to explain but at the end of the day, the goal is as little flour as possible.

  4. Cut dough into eight equal pieces. Start working with one piece at a time. Roll dough out on floured surface to about 1/2-inch-thick rope. Cut each 'rope' into 15 pieces. Grab each piece and roll along the back of a fork dipped in flour, making ridges on 1 side. As soon as each 'rope' is done, drop into rapidly boiling water and cook until the gnocchi floats back to the top, about two minutes.

    shaping squash gnocchi
  5. Using a spiral wire skimmer or slotted spoon, remove gnocchi from boiling water and drop into ice water. The gnocchi will go from soft to hard as they cool. Repeat with all the 'ropes'. Toss cooked gnocchi in oil and refrigerate till you are ready to eat.

finishing the dish

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop gnocchi in for two minutes. 

  2. While the gnocchi is reheating, brown butter in a heavy large saute pan over high till golden brown. Drop in sage leaves, chicken stock, lemon juice, and zest., 

  3. Add gnocchi and Parmesan, adjust seasoning, toss well and serve.

Recipe Notes

Dry means dry

A lot of recipes call for boiling potatoes but ignore them. Moisture is the enemy of gnocchi. Roast everything in the oven and it will keep your riced starches much dryer. Dryer equates to less flour. Less flour makes a lighter gnocchi.

Addendum to my original recipe:

After you create the dough you need to roll and cook as quickly as you can. The longer the dough sits the more it absorbs the flour and becomes sticky, requiring more flour. 

Watch this gnocchi shaping video.