Gnocchi with sage and brown butter sauce

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What to do when your sage plant goes crazy and you have no idea what the hell to do with all that sage? Invite people over for gnocchi with sage and brown butter and then feel smug and slightly unhealthy afterwards…you need a lot of butter for this dish. But just imagine each piece of fluffy gnocchi is covered in sagey, garlicky butter. Delicious!
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The only problem with using up the sage is the more you pick it the bigger it gets. So it means I have to have bigger and bigger gnocchi parties each time…I have done this so often that one of our friends has become my personal gnocchi cooker. He cooks the gnocchi while I make the sauce. We are the gnocchi dream team!

I recommend serving this with a light salad, I usually just do rocket with lemon juice for something to cut through the butter.

Gnocchi with sage and brown butter sauce
Serves 4
Make the gnocchi from scratch if you have the time. I usually get the guests to help with rolling and the cutting so once the dough is prepared it doesn’t take long.

And I wasn’t kidding about the salad.

  • 800 grams
    gnocchi
  • 200 grams
    salted butter
  • a small handful
    sage leaves (about 15 leaves)
  • 5 cloves
    garlic
  • half
    a lemon
  •  
    salt
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.
  2. Cook the gnocchi in batches, don’t add too many at once as it takes a long time for the water the start boiling again.When the gnocchi floats to the top it’s ready to be scooped out.
  3. Meanwhile in a large pan big enough to hold all the gnocchi melt the butter on a low heat.
  4. While the butter is melting finely chop the sage. You can throw the sage in whole if you like but I prefer tiny bits of sage with every bite.
  5. When the butter has melted add the sage and crush the garlic directly in the butter.
  6. Cook on low heat stirring occasionally, once everything starts to smell delicious check the seasoning, you’ll probably need to add 2-3 large pinches of salt. The gnocchi is not salty on the inside.
  7. The butter should slowly turn into a burnish colour and bubble up a fair bit. If the gnocchi is almost ready and the butter is not quite the right colour ready turn the heat up to speed it up. I cooked my butter for 10 minutes and then turned it up for about a minute at the end.
  8. When the sauce is the right colour turn the heat back down, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and add in the cooked gnocchi (be careful you don’t add any water from the bottom of the gnocchi dish).
  9. Toss the gnocchi around in the butter and give it a chance to heat back up and it’s ready to serve…sprinkled with grated Parmesan of course.

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