I have to admit, this new venture post was going to be for NEXT Sunday but I was so proud of the result that I swapped it with the one for today. My noteworthy creation: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Rappi in a Mushroom Balsamic Reduction. Fancy, Fancy…I know. This was a new food venture times three (I think that alone qualifies a blog entry upgrade), I’ve never attempted Gnocchi, never tried Rappi and never reduced balsamic vinegar. WATCH OUT! A FEARLESS COOK IS IN THE KITCHEN!
I was extremely nervous to make the gnocchi and looked up about a thousand methods and recipes. To be healthy, and keep it real, I did half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour. I think it was a good balance, I find when you do all whole wheat flour to replace white flour the result is often disappointing. I was extremely cautious to slowly incorporate the flour so the batter wasn’t rock hard. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter which gave warmth to the sweet potato flavor. After rolling and cutting the gnocchi, I broke into a sweat, dreading the thought that they wouldn’t surface, or that they would break in the boiling water. After a few minutes all my deepest fears were relieved as each little dumpling sprung up in all their glory. Not bad for a first try.
How have I never tried Rappi before? This stuff is like the gold of greens (wait that doesn’t really make sense…but you know what I mean?). It was like a mixture of broccoli, arugula and spinach. Could that sound more heavenly? It had little crunchy stems with sprouts on top, and tender leaves. The flavor was slightly piquant and peppery like arugula. It was a nice contrast to the starch laden sweet gnocchi.
To top it all off…a balsamic reduction. I sauteed mushrooms in garlic and olive oil to give this dish an earthy element, and added sweet balsamic until it reduced into a syrup. I think everything doused in balsamic is fantastic, but the richness of the syrup made this dish reminiscent of dessert– Topped off with raisins and toasted walnuts, it very well could have been a dinner sundae.