Chestnut gnocchi with blue cheese & crispy sage

This sage and creamy blue cheese gnocchi dish is full of earthy flavours. To get ahead, cook the gnocchi in advance and chill on a tray ready to re-heat in the sauce.

This recipe was created by Emma Hatcher .

SEASON

Christmas

COMPLEXITY

Simple

PREPARATION TIME

100 minutes

COOKING TIME

10

SERVES

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 750g fluffy potatoes (raw weight)
  • 100g gluten free plain flour
  • 50g chestnut flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg

For the sauce

  • 35g unsalted butter
  • Small bunch sage, leaves picked
  • 100g cooked whole chestnuts
  • 100ml white wine
  • 200ml double cream
  • 1 lemon
  • 125g creamy blue cheese, cut into pieces
  • Flaky salt, to serve

Method

1
Heat your oven to 220°C, 200°C fan, gas mark 7. Bake the potatoes for around 1 hour - 1 hour 15, or until they’re golden on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. While still warm, cut the potatoes in half and scrape the filling into a sieve over a bowl (I like to spread a little butter over the skins and eat - chef's treat). Push the potato through the sieve - you’re looking for around 325g of cooked potato.
2
Moving quickly, so that the potato stays warm, sieve the flours over the potato, add the nutmeg and season the mix well with salt and pepper. Crack and whisk the egg then add to the bowl. Bring everything together with a wooden spoon and then your hands to form a soft dough. Try not to overwork the mix to ensure your gnocchi stays light. Carefully divide the dough into four.
3
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a generous amount of salt. Have a large frying pan ready.
4
Roll each quarter into a sausage shape, about 2cm wide. Cut the dough into roughly 2cm pieces and gently press the longer edges with your thumb and forefinger to soften the shape. They should look like little pillows.
5
Prepare the sauce by adding the butter and sage leaves to the frying pan and placing over a medium heat. Crumble over the chestnuts and sauté for a couple of minutes, until the sage leaves are crisp and the chestnuts are warmed through. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the pan and put to one side.
6
Add the wine to the pan and allow it to bubble and evaporate for a couple of minutes, then add the cream and a small squeeze of lemon. Season with a little salt - remember the blue cheese will be salty - and a generous amount of black pepper.
7
Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the boiling water (you might need to do this in two batches) and cook for about a minute and a half, or until they start floating to the surface. Once they’ve reached the surface, cook for another 45 seconds, then using a slotted spoon, transfer them to the pan with the sauce. If a little cooking water comes with them that’s good too.
8
Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the boiling water (you might need to do this in two batches) and cook for about a minute and a half, or until they start floating to the surface. Once they’ve reached the surface, cook for another 45 seconds, then using a slotted spoon, transfer them to the pan with the sauce. If a little cooking water comes with them that’s good too.

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