Whole Wheat Carrot Gnocchi
Recipe courtesy of Arctic Garden Studio adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman
1 pound carrots, cut into large chunks
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
Pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs butter
Several fresh sage leaves
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Put the carrots in a pot with water to cover and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a gentle boil and cook until the carrots are tender, about 45 minutes. Drain well. Return the carrots to the dry pan, cover and dry them over the lowest possible heat, for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the flours in a small bowl. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil (for testing the dough) and salt it.
Puree (using a food processor, or an immersion blender) the carrots until smooth; sprinkle with salt and pepper and the nutmeg and stir. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle the carrots with 3/4 cup of the flour mixture and stir gently until it is just incorporated. Pinch off a piece of the dough and boil it to make sure it will hold its shape. If it does not, knead in a bit more flour and try again; repeat as necessary. (The idea is to make the dough with as little additional flour and kneading as possible.)
When enough flour has been added, sprinkle a little all-purpose flour on a clean, smooth work surface and roll a piece of the dough into a rope about 1/2-inch thick, then cut rope into 1-inch lengths. Put each on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper; do not allow to touch. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours. (You can freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container or bag).
Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt it. Put oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sage until it sizzles. A few at a time, add gnocchi to boiling water and gently stir. A minute after they rise to the surface, the gnocchi are done; remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to skillet. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper and some gnocchi cooking water if the mixture seems too dry, remove when slightly browned. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve with grated parmesan.