Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pancetta, Chanterelles, Walnuts, and Sage

Adapted from Kinkead's Cookbook (Kinkead's, Washington, DC)
Makes 6 servings


  • 2 large Idaho potatoes
  • 1 Yukon gold potato
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 3 egg yolks 
  • 2 teaspoons  kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted plus 1/4 cup at room temperature
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1/2 pound chanterelles, cleaned and sliced, if necessary
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 6 large sage leaves, chiffonade, plus 6 whole leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmigiano Reggiano


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
Step 2: Place Idaho, Yukon, and sweet potatoes on a baking sheet for 60 to 75 minutes, until tender and dry.
Step 3: Place flour on a clean work surface and form it into a bowl. While the potatoes are still hot, split them and scrape out flesh. With potato ricer, rice all of the potatoes into the flour. 
Step 4: Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks, salt, pepper, cheese, and the melted butter. Using your hands, work into a dough that is moist but not sticky. If too sticky, add a little flour.
Step 5: On a floured sheet pan or surface, roll the dough into 1/2-inch-wide cylinders and cut the cylinders into 1/2 inch pieces. Roll the pieces into 1/2 inch balls; try to keep them all the same size. Using a gnocchi paddle or a fork, roll the balls along the length of the paddle or fork tines with your fingers to make a small grooved oval shape.
Step 6: When all done, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cooking in batches, cook the gnocchi for 1 to 2 minutes, until they float to the top.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and drizzle with a little olive oil. At this point, you can refrigerate them for up to 1 day.
Step 7: In a saute pan over medium-high heat, heat a little olive oil, add the pancetta, and saute until crispy. Remove the pancetta.
Step 8: Add the chanterelles, and saute until they are tender and starting to brown.  
Step 9: Add the shallots and walnuts and start to sweat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the stock and return the cooked pancetta to the pan.  Reduce by 1/3 then whisk in the butter and the sage chiffonade. Add salt and pepper to taste.  
Step 10: Keep warm. Wipe out the saute pan, and over medium high heat, heat olive oil, and saute the cooked gnocchi in batches until brown and a little crispy on both sides.  
Step 11: Keep warm. When all are cooked, portion out the gnocchi and top with the pancetta and chanterelles. Garnish each with a sage leaf and Parmigiano Reggiano.

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