Golden brown gnocchi lightly perfumed with sage and garlic has comfort written all over it. The ever so slightly firm gnocchi tossed in a brown butter is a beautiful thing to watch while taking in the fragrant aroma of the butter crisping the sage and browning the garlic. All of this happens within minutes so acting fast is key. I do find comfort in the fact that this is some of the few times that letting the butter come to a nutty brown color and cooking the garlic to crispy golden bits is all apart of the plan.
Being a rich dish, this recipe can perfectly serve 2 with a light salad on the side. Where as if you are certainly starved I promise there is no judging if you have it all to yourself! Gnocchi does not necessarily have to be a fat heavy dish. In fact, I also favor gnocchi tossed in a simple tomato sauce spiced with chili flakes for a kick.
I have tried making the gnocchi dough on a table and in a bowl and I strongly recommend using a bowl and a spoon. I found that the heat and pressure from using hands to mix results in a much more tackier dough making it difficult to shape the gnocchi. The texture of gnocchi in this recipe is soft which I enjoyed since it is tossed in a rich butter and cream sauce. Lightly crisping the gnocchi in butter reaffirms it’s shape while also creating textures for the sauce to grip on.
These little babies definitely take time to make so prepping in advance can eliminate the stress it can bring if you try to make everything on a busy week night. I strongly suggest popping them in the fridge after you’ve achieved your final shape so that when they go into simmering water the shape isn’t compromised.
I couldn’t resist but to garnish with a few of the sage blossoms. They perfumed the dish as they hit the hot gnocchi enticing anyone around. It also looked pretty!