Summer has officially ended. There are no more leftover zucchinis lurking in my fridge, the cute little baby heirloom tomatoes are gone, and my herb plants have had enough. I just bought a new pair of snow boots, I added an extra blanket to our bed, and Arapahoe Basin has officially opened the white strip of death (this is when the ski hill opens with only one run).
My care-free summer attitude has turned into a calmed soul, wanting comfort. From what? Maybe the cold, maybe the insanely chaotic holiday season at Whole Foods? Either way, I am in the mood for comfort food. Luckily, mother nature knows us so well that she gives us the perfect vegetables for comfort food in the winter.
First on the orange, wintery, comfort food list? Sweet potatoes. Specifically this sweet potato gnocchi-drenched in rich browned butter. This recipe is not for people getting ready for their beach vacation. This is for those who know they will be in baggy hoodies and winter coats for the next 7 months. There is something about sage that pairs so well with winter vegetables; lucky for me, my sage plant outlived most of my other herbs. The key to fluffy gnocchi is making sure that you don’t over-work the dough. I ended up adding a substantial amount of extra flour to mine to make it less sticky and it seemed to turn out light still. I found this recipe on Yummly originally, but it is from Epicurious.