How to make it

  • Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sweet potatoes on plate; microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes per side. Cut in half and cool. Scrape sweet potato flesh into medium bowl and mash; transfer 3 cups to large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; blend well. Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg; mash to blend. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms.
  • Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into 20-inch-long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.
  • Bring large pot of water to boil; add 2 tablespoons salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • (Reserve ¼ cup of the melted butter, Add 2 teaspoons brown sugar and 1/8 tsp cinnamon to ¼ cup of the melted butter, add half of this mixture to the last minute of sautéing of each batch.)
  • Transfer half of remaining butter to large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of gnocchi. Sauté until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes. Empty skillet onto rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and gnocchi.
  • Cover with foil and return baking sheet to oven until ready to serve.
  • Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  • Bon Appétit
  • December 2005

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    " It was excellent "
    aimee ate it and said...
    Mmm... I want to make that right now! That sounds really good!
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  • dugger 11 years ago
    LOL, did you have trouble fitting all the directions into 10 paragraphs? It's like some recipes I have submitted.

    But I assume it will be worth the effort and try it.

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