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Sweet potato gnocchi

1 hour
3 hours

This roast sweet potato gnocchi with collapsed tomato sauce is comfort food at it's best. For a smoother tomato sauce, blend the roast tomatoes and their juices, adding a dash of mascarpone if you want a creamy finish. Reheat and serve with fresh basil.

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Raka Skipper

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  • coarse salt, for baking
  • 2 kg kara sweet potatoes
  • 400 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • sea salt, to taste
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • mozzarella, torn, for serving
  • For the roast tomato sauce:
  • 1 x 1 kg box Woolworths exotic tomato selection
  • 400 g Woolworths baby Rosa tomatoes
  • 3 T olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Pour the coarse salt onto a large baking tray and place the potatoes on the salt. Bake for 1½ hours, or until cooked through and soft.

2. To make the roast tomato sauce, arrange the tomatoes in an ovenproof pan or deep baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season well. Roast for 1½ hours, or until the tomatoes have completely collapsed. Set aside.

3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and cut in half. Scoop the flesh into a large bowl, then push through a potato ricer.

4 Add the flour and season well. Mix until a soft sticky dough forms. Generously flour a work surface and tip out the dough. Bring it together, adding more flour to the surface if necessary.

5 Divide the dough into quarters, then roll into long sausages (about 2 cm wide). Cut into small pillows about 2 cm in size.

6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and drizzle generously with olive oil. Arrange the dumplings on the tray. Bake for 10–15 minutes, or until the bases are crispy and golden and the dumplings are tender. Serve hot with the tomato sauce and mozzarella.

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Photographs: Myburgh du Plessis
Production: Hannah Lewry
Food Assistants: Claire-Ellen van Rooyen and Ellen Schwrdtfeger

Hannah Lewry

Recipe by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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