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Gnocchi is one of those dishes that I am always a little bit wary of. When its done right, its delicious – light and fluffy little nuggets of potato-y goodness – but when its done poorly, its heavy and doughy and gummy. Sarah guaranteed me that hers were the former, and my full belly could not have agreed more!
Sarah was born into a large family and raised in St. Albert. She is passionate about farm to table eating, getting fresh vegetables, eggs and even beef from friends and family who farm.
Sweet potato gnocchi.
After getting hooked on pre-made gnocchi, Sarah decided to take the plunge and learn how to make it herself. She enjoys how the flavour of the sweet potato mixes with the brown butter-garlic sauce that she most often pairs with the gnocchi. Sarah has also experimented with swapping out potato altogether for other root vegetables like butternut squash and combining nutmeg and walnuts in the sauce for an autumnal feel.
The first time Sarah experimented with homemade gnocchi, she went all out and made it for a family dinner with the help of her Auntie Jane.
As is the case with many home cooks, her gnocchi is constantly evolving. She started with traditional potatoes, before trying (and loving) it with sweet potatoes. The latest evolution came with the addition of mizthra cheese, which is rumoured to have been eaten by Homer while he wrote the Iliad.
Sarah often makes the gnocchi as a side dish for any number of proteins. She also mentioned that, on its own, it is a favourite comfort food for her and her husband on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sarah doesn’t consider herself on par with Homer, but I have no doubt this gnocchi has sparked some inspired Netflix bingeing which, I think we can all agree is way better than the Iliad when you’re in need of a little comfort.
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