Pumpkin gnocchi with a Tulipian twist…

GnocchiSo for the longest time I’ve been wanting to try making my own gnocchi but never quite had the courage. But, while browsing through some old cook books for inspiration (I never follow recipes exactly because i get bored) I came across the recipe for a pumpkin gnocchi and decided why the heck not? And so armed with determination and excitement I set about gathering the ingredients for this, as you may have guessed i didn’t follow the recipe exactly but it turned out great, this is what i used

1/4 Pumpkin
1/2 punnet of broccoli <<< (heeheehee this is my twist)
Olive oil
Flour
Cinammon
Salt
Black Pepper
Mixed herbs
Crushed garlic
250ml Cream
Sweet mustard

And here’s how I set about making it all happen

  1. Peel the pumpkin and hollow out the seeds, place on a non-stick oven pan and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 30mins
  2. Cook broccoli for about 5-7 mins then drain excess water
  3. After 3omins take pumpkin out of the oven and leave to cool a little for about 7mins then puree in a mixing bowl.
  4. Puree broccoli separately
  5. Once pumpkin pureed make sure there is no water if there is drain using a muslin-lined colander
  6. Mix pumpkin and broccoli together with cinammon in a mixing bowl then add flour. What you are looking for is a workable and doughy consistency so that it is firm but still fluffy enough to work with
  7. Sprinkle flour on a clean and dry surface, break a piece out of the dough and roll out into sausage looking cylinders. Cut off little pieces about 2cm big off the sausage
  8. Bring a pot of salty water to the boil then gently insert the little pieces of gnocchi in the water. You’ll know their cooked when they start floating to the surface at which point you need to pop them out so they don’t over-cook

Making the sauce

  1. Pour the cream, teaspoon of garlic, teaspoon of sweet mustard and mixed herbs into a saucepan and bring to the boil while adding salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Let this simmer for about 10-15mins

Once the sauce is ready (its up to you how generous you want to be with the sauce) pour over the cooked gnocchi and serve to a resounding sound of applause of course… 😉

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