PUMPKIN GNOCCHI WITH WHISKY CREAM SAUCE
IngredientsServes 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
WHISKY CREAM SAUCE:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- When ready to cook and serve gnocchi bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To serve, divide gnocchi and sauce among serving bowls. Garnish with fried parsley and sage and a sprinkle of hazelnuts