Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Sweet Potato Gnocchi Coincidence

I am a disaster at meal planning. When we are entertaining or having family in, I write out a menu and shop specifically for that/those meal(s).  Otherwise, I never plan meals.  My pantry is stocked with all kinds of rice and pasta as well as dried beans. Almost all the vegetables are store-fresh, whatever looks good that week. Wish I had a big garden!   Having protein sources on hand is easy because we are vegetarian. About the only perishable (refrigerated) protein I use is tofu. The rest is frozen or canned.  Meals are inspired by the GardenWeb cooking forum, a cooking show once in a while, or something I concoct in a hurry.

Yesterday Trader Joe's had samples of sweet potato gnocchi that was so good.  Lots of butter, onion, sage, thyme, and sweet potato. By coincidence, the frozen sage and thyme herb bread dough I had given up rising was ready to bake about bedtime last night. Ugh!  I stayed up and baked it.  A coincidence tasting the gnocchi, but inspired by it none the less, we had sweet potato-herb bread-sausage stuffing for supper.

Then there are the nights, last night for example, when I plan to be home by afternoon, but I am still away when Mr. C gets home. A quick call to tell him to make his own supper.  Frozen pizza - his life saver.  :~) Thankfully there were a few pieces left when I finally got home.


2 medium sweet potatoes, peel and cut sweet potato into 1/4-inch cubes
6 Tbs. butter
1/4 large onion, small dice
2 celery stalks, small dice
3 cloves garlic, mince
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. sage
1/8 - 1/4 tsp thyme
About 2 cup  Herb bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 MSF Breakfast patties, thawed and crumbled
3/4 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Boil sweet potatoes 2-3 minutes to slightly soften.
  2. Melt 3 Tbs. butter in non-stick skillet.  Saute onion and celery until soft. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds.
  3. Add sweet potatoes to skillet.  
  4. Melt 3 Tbs. of butter in the same skillet and add cubed bread. Coat bread with butter and cook until just beginning to brown.
  5. Sprinkle herbs to taste.
  6. Pour chicken broth over mixture. Warm through. Add additional chicken broth as needed.
  7. Add crumbled breakfast patties to the skillet mixture.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste.
Made enough for 2 servings and a little left over for lunch.

*I did not measure ingredients when making this dressing. This recipe is a starting point. Use as a guideline and adjust to your taste. 


laxsupermom said...

I love recipes that just kind of happen. Your sweet potato dressing sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing.

rita said...

A woman after my own ways!
Except for the vegetarian part ;)

Cotehele said...

As the saying goes, 'necessity is the mother of invention"!

Lulabellesview said...

How did I miss that Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Trader Joe's? Your meal looks fabulous and I love your background photo!