Ladies and gentleman I present to you a very special creation: Sweet potato gnocchi. They are super delicious and those of us with certain food restrictions can still enjoy these. Because these bad boys are gluten free, grain free, paleo and nightshade free. It is actually not hard at all to make them so you should definitely give it a try.
I haven’t been able to eat gnocchi for years and I always really loved them. For awhile I was in denial talking myself into believing that they are entirely made out of potatoes. Until I finally actually checked and of course…flour. This was before my nightshade-free days of course. You might wonder what the heck are nightshades? Nope those are not the type of sun glasses one wears in a club.;)
Nightshades are a whole group of vegetables that belong in the family of the Solanaceae. They can be tricky and inflammatory for some, especially those with an autoimmune disease. Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant for example belong into that category. So when I started the autoimmune protocol gnocchi were now a complete no go for several reasons. Thank god for sweet potatoes! Even though they have the word potato in them they don’t belong to the nightshade family. Fun fact, they actually belong to the morning glory family. 🙂
So I made it my mission to recreate nightshade, gluten and grain free gnocchi, and a mission it was! I think I am about to turn into a gnocchi myself. When I close my eyes at night all I see is gnocchi. 😉 I finally came up with a recipe that I am satisfied with. Halleluja! The good thing is that they are really delicious, so my husband didn’t complain that we had gnocchi for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the last couple of days. 🙂
Tips for the best outcome of your homemade gnocchi
- Make sure you are very exact with the measurements of the ingredients.
- Because eggs come in different shapes and fresh ingredients like sweet potato vary in their consistency, the dough might be stickier at times. If it is too sticky to roll into a ball add a little bit more tapioca and almond flour.
- For the best outcome I used two different kinds of sweet potatoes: Jewel and Japanese Sweet potatoes. Both are sometimes mislabeled as yams. Jewel sweet potatoes are one of the most common sweet potatoes and are easily identified by their orange skin and flesh. Japanese sweet potatoes have purple skin and butter-colored flesh. Be careful if you want to change the ratio of jewel versus japanese sweet potato. Cooked Japanese sweet potatoes are drier than “regular”sweet potatoes and therefore require less flour for the gnocchi to stick together.
- To make sure you are on the right track check out the pictures below that show the most important steps.
- The quickest way to form the gnocchi is to cut tiny little pillows from a “dough rope”, see picture below. Feel free to form individual oval gnocchi. If you feel fancy you can even mark them with a fork to get the typical gnocchi pattern on them. This all of course will require a lot more time.
These gnocchi taste best when they are fried after they are boiled. The nature of tapioca flour makes them slightly chewy. I still really like them simply cooked with a more traditional sauce. Buuuuut….fried in some oil, fresh sage, salt and pepper..OMG!!!!! Amazing! A must try! Check out this fried gnocchi with sage recipe.
Ok I hope I made your mouth watery and that you will try this delicious recipe. Let me know what you think in the comment section below and if you have any questions I would love to hear from you.