Baked Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Bacon in a Sage Cream Sauce

March 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


1 pound Potato Gnocchi, cooked (recipe follows)
1½ cups butternut squash, roasted, peeled and cubed small
3 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup purple or Tuscan kale, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
Nutmeg, freshly grated


Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed. Grease a shallow pan (one that the mixture will fit in compactly, not closely). Place the mixture in the greased shallow pan and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Potato Gnocchi

Makes 2 pounds Gnocchi


2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and baked
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt


Mash the potatoes and push through a ricer or food mill. Place the smooth potatoes in a mound on a cutting board. Drizzle a little more than half the egg and sprinkle half the flour over the top. Using a bench scraper, slowly incorporate the egg and flour into the potato by pushing the scraper under and over the mixture, until all of the egg and flour is incorporated. The dough should become moist and pillowy, not sticky (small amounts of flour can be added to the dough to keep it from getting sticky).
When all the ingredients appear mixed, do a final mixing using hands to make sure all ingredients are incorporated and that dough had become soft and pillowy. Cut dough into 10 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope about the thickness of an index finger. Dust with flour as needed.

Proceed with shaping the gnocchi using one of the gnocchi methods, such as the Traditional Fork Method, the Gnocchi or Cavatelli Board Method, or simple Rope & Cut Method.

Winter Squash Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6


For soup

3 pounds winter squash (such as kabocha, acorn, or butternut), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large or 2 medium Spanish onions, chopped (2 cups)
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 quart vegetable stock, or water
½ cup apple cider or apple juice
Freshly ground black pepper

For bouquet garni

1 small handful celery leaves
3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves

For spiced créme fraiche

&frac12 cup créme fraiche or sour cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground cinnamon
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss the squash with the oil, season lightly with salt, and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, turning several times, until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, in a heavy, 3 to 5 quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, for a minute or two. Stir in the ginger and garlic, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice and lowering the heat if necessary to keep the vegetables from browning. Pour in the stock or water, and the apple cider or juice, and add the roasted squash.

To make the bouquet garni, bundle the ingredients in a square of cheesecloth and tie it closed with kitchen twine.

Add the bouquet garni to the soup. Raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to as low as possible, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni and pass the soup through the fine holes of a food mill (or puree using an immersion blender or working in batches in a hand blender).

In a bowl, combine the créme fraiche with 5 or 6 gratings of nutmeg, several grinds of black pepper, and a pinch of salt.

Serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of the spiced créme fraiche, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkling of parsley.

Stop and Take Stock.

Making a simple vegetable soup? Take stock of the trimmings, and the other vegetables you have on hand and consider simmering them into a flavorful broth to enhance the flavor and nutrient-content of your soup. In a stockpot, combine 6 cups of any of the following: squash and ginger peels, mushroom stems, cabbage cores, parsley stems, chopped carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, leeks, parsnips, fennel, and garlic (cut a whole heat in half crosswise, and leave the peels on). Add a couple bay leaves, and some fresh thyme, or sage, cover with water, bring to a simmer, skim off any foam that rises, then simmer gently, uncovered, for an hour. Strain and use right away or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


1 pound pasta dough, cooked
1 small butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon sage, chopped fine
½ yellow onion, cut in half
Kosher salt

For brown butter sage sauce

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
6 sage leaves, sliced
3 ounces goat cheese


Preheat oven to 350°F.

For raviolis

To prepare squash, peel and cut in half at the bulbous part. Cut top part in cubes and cut bottom part in half, remove seeds and then slice. In a bowl, combine squash, olive oil, garlic, sage and onion. Season with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast in oven until tender. Let cool for a few minutes. Reserve sliced squash (for plating), but puree everything else in a blender or food processor until smooth for your ravioli filling.

Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 teaspoon of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. And using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down. Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until floating. Strain and set aside.

For brown butter

In the meantime, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. At this point, add the sage leaves. Once melted, the butter will foam up a bit, then subside. Watch carefully as lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Smell the butter; it should have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and place on a cool surface to help stop the butter from cooking further and perhaps burning.
To plate, lay reserved roasted and sliced butternut squash on plate and then a few raviolis topped with brown butter sage sauce and ½ ounce of crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Spicy Pumpkin and Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese (Brown Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6


1 cup brown lentils
3 cups (about one 2-pound whole pumpkin) sugar pumpkin or butternut squash
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 cups baby arugula
1 cup soft goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Place lentils in small bowl. Cover with cold water and soak 10 minutes; drain.
Cook lentils in boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 30 minutes. Drain lentils. Rinse under cold water, then drain.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pumpkin in large bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, paprika, and sea salt. Arrange pumpkin in single layer on baking sheet; roast 20 minutes. Turn pumpkin over. Roast until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool.
Combine lentils, pumpkin, and oil from baking sheet with arugula, half of goat cheese, mint, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with remainder of crumbled goat cheese on individual servings.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets


½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until tanslucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, add onions and garlic and rest of ingredients up until pasta sheets. On a cutting board, place a pasta sheet and spoon a line of filling down the middle, roll and place seam side down in casserole. Continue until finished with all sheets.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown and butter solids have sank to the bottom. Add sage leaves and hazelnuts and remove from heat. Pour sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Butternut Squash and Sage Curried Apple Soup

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups yellow onions, chopped medium
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
2 large butternut squashes, deseeded and peeled and cubed medium
4 medium sweet apples, chopped medium
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups apple cider
Diced apples and a few sage leaves for garnish


Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.

Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.

Add the squash, apples, sage, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Add the apple cider and water and heat another 10 minutes. Blend the soup in a blender or purée in the food processor until smooth. The soup should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot garnished with apples and sage leaves.

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