Serves 6 as an appetizer 3 as a main
2 cups (500 ml) canned pumpkin purée
½ cup (125 ml) grated Parmesan
2 large eggs
½ tsp (2 ml) ground nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh Italian parsley leaves
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh sage leaves
3 tbsp (45 ml) unsalted butter
2 tbsp (30 ml) all-purpose flour
2 shallots, peeled and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups (500 ml) vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup (250 ml) rye whisky
⅓ cup (75 ml) whipping cream
¼ cup (60 ml) roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped, for garnish


  1. To make GNOCCHI: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Add flour to pumpkin mixture and stir until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust well with flour. Dust work surface and hands with flour. Roll out a handful of dough into a ¾-in (2 cm) thick rope. Cut ropes into ¾-in (2 cm) pieces and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, using more flour as needed. At this point, gnocchi may be frozen in a single layer on baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and keep frozen up to 6 weeks. Can be cooked directly from frozen.
  3. When ready to cook and serve gnocchi bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, quickly fry parsley and sage. Heat vegetable oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add half the parsley leaves. Hold lid above pan as a shield because oil will splatter as soon as fresh parsley is added. When it settles, quickly cover with lid for 5 seconds before removing pan from heat. Remove parsley with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat process with remaining parsley and sage leaves. Season with pinch of salt. Set aside.
  5. For WHISKY CREAM SAUCE: In a large, deep frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp (30 ml) flour and whisk until mixture starts to turn golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add shallots and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Slowly add stock and whisky while whisking constantly. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Whisk in cream and cook another 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and cover to keep sauce warm.
  6. Add half the gnocchi to boiling water and cook until they rise to surface, about 5 minutes. Transfer gnocchi with a slotted spoon directly into whisky cream sauce. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. Return frying pan to medium-low heat and gently fold gnocchi into sauce to coat.
  7. To serve, divide gnocchi and sauce among serving bowls. Garnish with fried parsley and sage and a sprinkle of hazelnuts
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