Gloomy Day = Bright Dinner

It rained here for the last 3 days. Not drizzle, none of that weather like in the Pacific Northwest where it’s like standing in the produce section of the grocery store with a lovely light mist. Oh no. This was a torrential downpour that resulted in flood warnings, cancelled after school activities, and worse than that: colder temperatures.

It felt like October. Or rather, it felt like I remember October feeling when I was a little kid. October now is usually hotter than July, but this was disgusting, unseasonable, dark, dank, gray weather. It took all of my willpower to not break out the stew meat, carrots, and potatoes to make a beef stew because I know that eventually, maybe soon, it will get warmer. I needed to make something that was bright, cheerful, and Spring-like because, to be honest, I needed the reminder.

My fridge was stocked with ingredients for various Spring dinners thanks to a trip to the produce market on Monday. I had asparagus, the paramount Spring vegetable (besides fiddleheads and ramps of course) that needed cooking ASAP. I also had some beautiful “Asian yams”, and much to my surprise, they were yellow on the inside!

Ok, I’m rambling. I’ll get to what I made…

gnocchi

Yam Chevre Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Makes 4 dinner-sized servings or 6 side-dish size servings

Ingredients

For the gnocchi

  • 2 c. cooked, cooled, & mashed yams (or sweet potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c. semolina
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese (I used Chavrie)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • S&P to taste

For the sauce

  • 1 jar (about 8 oz) roasted red peppers, drained well (I used Mezzetta)
  • 3 oz. soft goat cheese (again, Chavrie)

Directions

Place the mashed yams in a large bowl (or in a mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook) and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the egg and goat cheese, and mix well. Slowly add the whole wheat flour until incorporated, then add the semolina. Knead until a soft dough forms, about 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and, adding more flour as needed, roll into 1/2″ logs. Cut the logs into pieces, then press with a fork. Cook in salted boiling water until they float. Cook 1 additional minute after floating, then remove with a slotted spoon to a separate dish. Meanwhile, place the red peppers and additional goat cheese in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain if desired.

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What an amazing combination! I’m glad I added the goat cheese to the gnocchi, as it made the flavors a bit more complex. Most gnocchi recipes call for ricotta, and I thought the goat cheese would be good…and I was right! The difference in sweetness between the yams and the roasted peppers was delightful, and the tang of the goat cheese was just enough contrast. The only thing I wish I’d had was some fresh sage, but I do have to say: I enjoyed NOT grocery shopping today!

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Enjoy your Friday!




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20 Responses to Gloomy Day = Bright Dinner

  1. Lauren says:

    Its been raining here for 3 solid days too and I am about sick and tired of it!! Ugh, Rain Rain go away!!!

    But on a sunny note, that gnocchi sounds unbelievable!! 🙂

  2. I have been saying the exact same thing for days!! It does feel EXACTLY like October here, too!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Happy Mother’s Day. =-.

  3. kate says:

    I feel you on the rain! The sun hasnt shown its bright, cheery face in Iowa for days either 🙁

  4. Biz says:

    Looks wonderful, but then again you had me at goat cheese!

  5. amanda says:

    I have been hating the rain too. It is suppose to clear up here hopefully by sometime tomorrow. BTW, I love gnocchis!!! Only had the regular nonhealthy ones. ha ha

  6. My mouth is watering… literally! 😉 Waiting for dinner to finish in the oven… pure torture HEHE

    I’m scared to try and make Gnocchi ! Seems like anything that involves flour and eggs stumps me every time…

    Your plate looks purdy too.
    -Mary
    .-= Mary @ What’s Cookin’ with Mary´s last blog ..Tropical Green Monster =-.

  7. Melissa S. says:

    Seriously, i need to get out to chicago to eat your food, forget about the restaurant scene! you’re it! and of course having Jenn there would be a plus!
    .-= Melissa S.´s last blog ..Emptiness…Means More Chocolate of Course =-.

  8. Marianne says:

    Yum! I totally want a plate of this. Well, not right now, because I’m stuffed and can’t even finish the dinner I’m eating right now, but you know, if I were hungry, I’d want this. Love that it’s not a tomato sauce as well.
    .-= Marianne´s last blog ..A Beautiful Day For A Hair Cut =-.

  9. Christina says:

    Oh awesome gnocchi! i’ve made them once before but they weren’t as beautiful as yours! 🙂

    That rain was something else, wasn’t it? On the severe weather warnings it said 1-2″ inches per hour, some areas were getting 2-4″ per hour!
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Friday Firsts – Popchips! =-.

  10. sophia!!! says:

    Not to sound like a bitch…but I am SO glad I don’t live in the mid-west! I’m a wimp when it comes to weathers..it affects me so much! The gnocchi looks REALLY healthful and flavorful though. I love that bright colors!

  11. Sorry about the weather. That always stinks! What a great mix of ingredients for a mix of warm/cold weather! I will have to try out the gnocchi with cheese for my husband since he has celiac and that would help hold it together! I hope the weather improves!
    .-= Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)´s last blog ..Mashed Potatoes Make Everything Better! =-.

  12. I LOVE the colors of your meal! So pretty! Gnocchi is my favorite food ever 🙂

  13. i hear ya on the weather – it stopped raining here but now it’s just hot and sticky – i don’t know which is worse!

    at least you enjoyed a delicious dinner 😉 looks incredibly YUM!
    .-= shannon (the daily balance)´s last blog ..Daily Delish – Garlic Cod and Sauteed Vegetables =-.

  14. Katie says:

    It’s cold and rainy today here, too. Just an excuse to stay under the covers and read!

    That gnocchi looks SO good. I made some on Monday and am now filled with ideas about what else I can stuff them with!

  15. Michelle says:

    You are sooo meant to open up a restaurant i’m not even kidding. That dish looks gourmet….and Mara, i can’t seem to forget about your chicken chili from out potluck MONTHS ago! hahahaah
    P.s. I’m giving away 2 jars of organic preserves and immediately thought they would go so well with your creative dishes!! Does Strawberry basil preserves or blueberry merlot jam strike your fancy?
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Food For Thought Uncensored =-.

  16. Holy YUM!
    That sounds amazing, Maya!
    Thanks for sharing, yet again 😀
    Wish you a terrific weekend!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela
    .-= Gabriela (froyolover)´s last blog ..Misunderstood =-.

  17. GENIUS idea using sweet potatoes in gnocchi!! Wonder if I can veganize it hmmm. Looks beautiful!

  18. laura says:

    Whoa Mara thank is some seriuosly GORGEOUS eats right there 🙂 Love it. Thanks for linking up TWO today awesome
    .-= laura´s last blog ..Just Another Meatless Monday #12 & a Bit o’ Thrifting Fun =-.

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