Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

I was watching the Food Network the other evening and I saw Giada make Sweet Potato Gnocchi so I wrote the recipe down and today I thought I would check online to make sure I didn't miss anything.
I was reading the reviews and it sure sounded great but the reviews weren't so hot..I was planing to make this for Thanksgiving this year.So I decided to come up with my own recipe for gnocchi and try it out before Thanksgiving.
I never made gnocchi before but this turned out real good. and the brown butter sage sauce was great.
1 large Sweet Pot cooked and mashed to make 1 cup
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of olive oil
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup flour to start then keep adding flour as needed to make a soft dough.
Serves 2

Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.

Bring large pot of Chicken stock to boil; Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
To Make Sauce:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
3 Tab chopped fresh sage
about 1/8 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add chopped sage (mixture will bubble up). Turn off heat. Season sage butter generously with salt and pepper and cinnamon.
pour gnocchi into pretty bowl pour butter over and enjoy! if you made gnocchi earlier lightly saute with a little butter to warm up then toss with brown sage butter.
Sorry about that first picture I had to take it with my phone, I need to charge my camera.

Friday, November 20, 2009


4 cups italian b├ęchamel sauce (white sauce)
3 cups cooked ham, cubed
1 cup cup onions, chopped
1 cup green peppers, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
5 cups potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/8-inch thick


Preheat oven to 175 C (350 F).
Combine italian b├ęchamel sauce (white sauce) with ham, onion, green pepper, cheese and potatoes. Stir gently.
Pour into a buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch casserole dish. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and continue baking for 1 hour.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Copycat Papa John's Pizza Sauce

Hi everyone,
I'm blogging for the first time on my new computer, my other one died. This one is sooooo much faster, I guess the other one was dieing a slow death!
Any how I was going through some of my many emails (they really pile up when you can't get online) and my friend Ron Douglas author and chef of the Secret Recipe cook books sent me this recipe for Papa Johns Pizza sauce. So I wanted to share it with you.
Don't forget if you would like to order his book you can do so on my site just click on the cook book picture on the right of my blog.
Use this on your next homemade pizza or as a dipping sauce for
garlic bread.

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can of tomato puree
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a
boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes 1 cup.
Here is a extra cooking tip for you.

Making Better Pizza Crusts:

Use high-gluten flour such as Pillsbury Bread Flour and Gold Medal
Better for Bread. Use 1 oz. dough portion or less per 1" pizza
diameter (for example, 7 oz. dough = 8" pizza). Store individual
raw dough portions dusted with flour in Ziploc bags in
refrigerator up to a week or in freezer up to a month. Bake on
pizza stone or pizza screen for crisper crust.
Well that's all for today.