This dish is literally Fall in a Bowl. Fresh apples, crunchy bacon, savory sage and toasty walnuts immersed in nutty brown butter sauce with little pillows of sweet potato gnocchi. To. Die. For. Buy your gnocchi pre-made and make dinner in 30 minutes or less, or I’ve got a super easy recipe that’s so much fun to make! You’re gonna LOVE it!
1 package of sweet potato gnocchi
OR make your own:
1 large sweet potato (about a pound)
1c all purpose flour(+more for dusting)
2 slices thick cut bacon
6 fresh sage leaves (1/4t ground sage will work too)
1 apple, 1/4″ chopped
1 garlic, clove, smashed
1/3c walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 400°F. If you bought gnocchi just skip this part. Scrub your sweet potato clean then stab some vents in it with a knife. Roast for about an hour, until you can easily stick a fork in it. Let cool to room temp then scrape the flesh out into a bowl. Using a fork, mash it up then add about half the flour and all of the salt. Stir to combine then add the rest of the flour and incorporate. Throughly flour your working space and cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3/4″ snake, more flour if it gets sticky. Cut into about 1″ chunks and repeat with the rest of the dough. Take each chunk and roll it over the tines of the back of a fork while pressing gently with your thumb. They don’t have to look perfect, they always turn out prettier after boiling. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then dump in the gnocchi. Stir to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom and cook for about 2 minutes, pull them out when they start floating.
Place the bacon on a wire rack (if you have one) on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 12-18 minutes, depending on your thickness. Keep an eye on it. Allow to cool then chop up.
Bring a large skillet to med-high heat. Start browning the butter, when the butter gets hot, fry the sage leaves and remove to a paper towel, crumple when cooled. When the butter starts to get brown and bubbley, add the apples, garlic, walnuts and a pinch of salt and pepper, cook another 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant and walnuts get toasty, stir occasionally. Add the cooked gnocchi, bacon, sage leaves and toss. Top with chives and serve.