Homemade Yam Gnocchi With Kale and Bacon

Anything homemade is much more satisfying, especially pasta!

Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday, which commences the last year of my twenties. I took some time to think back over the past decade, and the one thing that stands out the most is how blessed I am to have met such amazing people over the years. I am very thankful to have friends from far and wide and the love was definitely felt on this special day. To show my gratitude, I’d like to share one of my favorite recipes from a recent experiment.

Gnocchi is an Italian comfort food with a chewy texture that can be made from various starch ingredients such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, or yam. My friends and I got inspiration from Caramel Cook, a mutual friend who also blogs about food.

We decided to spice things up and use yam with sweet potatoes.

Chop into 1-2 inches and place in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, until tender or soft enough to mush.

Mix yams and sweet potato with eggs and flour. Feel free to add more flour it’s still too sticky, but be ready to get your hands dirty nonetheless!

One of the hardest parts of making gnocchi is shaping them into pieces. Here’s an easy trick: fill a large quart-sized Ziploc or plastic bag and cut a small opening in one corner to make an easy DIY squeezer! Doesn’t my friend Robert look handsome in the kitchen?

Squeeze gnocchi mix into skinny logs onto a baking sheet. Don’t forget to prep with flour to avoid sticking to the pan. Place in freezer overnight or for at least 5-6 hours.

Cut gnocchi into small pieces. Soak in boiling water until soft (but not too soft), or pan fry in olive oil. Add salt and pepper for flavoring.

Add ingredients of your choice! We opted to use garlic, red onions, kale, bacon, peas, and lemon juice to create a colorful celebration.

Soooooo yum. We all had seconds and entered into deep food coma.

It was a lot of work, but totally satisfying and produced amazing leftovers for the next day!

Again, thank you for an amazing birthday and making a girl feel loved. The past decade has been a roller coaster of lasting memories and I can’t wait for whatever the future holds! Which reminds me, there are some exciting developments happening which I will be sharing with you soon :)

Homemade Yam Gnocchi With Kale and Bacon
Serves 10-12

+ 4 large yam
+ 1 sweet potato
+ 1 egg
+ 6 cups flour (more if needed)
+ 1 large red onion
+ 4 garlic cloves
+ 3 kale leaves
+ 1 cup peas
+ 1 lemon, squeezed
+ 6 slices bacon, but please, add more if you desire :)
+ olive oil
+ salt and pepper

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