Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Maple Bacon Brussels

Today is election day.  All over the country, people are stressed the eff out.  And I get it, because I am too.  While I try not to voice my political opinions here as to not offend the many of you who disagree on how this country should be run, I think it’s important to tell you all a few things about today.

1) Everyone is PMSing today.  Men, women, vote talliers.  All of us.  Just be aware that bad attitudes are due largely in part to the monumental day that is deciding who runs the nation.  Have a cookie. It helps.

2) Everyone is verbalizing their very important opinions and stance on politics today.  Just is the nature of the beast people.  Opinions are like assholes and guess what, there’s a children’s  book about that! Just kidding.  I don’t know if there is a children’s book about that but, as the saying goes, we’ve all got ’em.  Isn’t that what makes America so awesome?

3) Everyone handles this stress differently.  But I, being the wise goat I am, know the one thing that can bring a nation divided together today.  I know, you’re so lucky you came here!  Carbs.

Because when you are stressed out, you just need to eat your feelings, amiright?  You guessed it, what I am suggesting is that Election Day is also known as Eat All the Carbs Day. If we honored this concept, we’d be nicer to each other, our stress levels would drop, and maybe, just maybe, we’d remember to relate to one another.

And so I hope you can find common ground with one another tonight, through sweet potato gnocchi and bacon fat.  Because if you can’t agree on that, there really is no hope.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce, and Maple Bacon Brussel

By Whitney, November 6, 2012

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce, and Maple Bacon Brussel



Peel and boil the diced sweet potatoes until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add to a medium bowl combine with ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Once mixed well, add the brown sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Add flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into a long rope  Cut each rope into i inch pieces. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Cook the bacon in a large skillet, and drain on a paper towel.  In the bacon fat, saute the brussels sprouts for 20 minutes or until cooked through.  Add the maple syrup and season well with salt and pepper. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add thyme sprigs and transfer cooked gnocchi to the butter sauce.  Plate the gnocchi and brussels sprouts together!  




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Whitney is the Founder of Whit's Amuse Bouche, a nationally recognized food and humor blog. When she's not in the kitchen, you can find her with a glass of california cabernet in one hand and a hot glue gun in the other. She prefers sweat pants to real ones. View all posts by Whitney →

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