Every 29th of each month it is customary to eat gnocchi, it is the tradition, whether it is Sunday or not. Today I leave this recipe for making whole wheat beet gnocchi dedicated to those who dare to variety and color!
Potato gnocchi par excellence are the favorites but it is a good idea to try different combinations and varieties of flavor. And even more if they provide extra nutrients beneficial to the body. My idea is to gradually put different versions of meals with different ingredients.
When it comes to nutrition, beets are more than just an excellent vegetable. It has a high antioxidant power and wide contributions and properties for our body. Do not be scared by the color, encourage yourself to try different varieties and more if they provide benefits.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables must be squeezed to the maximum. Beets are used for salads and a wide variety of meals. With it I prepared these spectacular gnocchi super easy to make.
There are beet gnocchi recipes in which you combine beets with potatoes. I don’t really consider them completely beet as their flavor is mixed. Another day I will leave this recipe for mixed gnocchi for those who do not fully encourage this version.
Let’s talk a little about the preparation…
These gnocchi have a light flavor, excellent to accompany with any type of white sauce to make it stand out in color or simply sauté them with olive oil and pesto (garlic and fresh parsley) if it is to your liking.
To make these gnocchi, I boiled the beets until they were very soft. Avoid cutting parts of the beet because it will release all its color wherever you are cooking it. You do not have to remove the skin, just wash it well before doing it. Then once cold you will peel it.
The gnocchi dough has a texture that is not completely dry, it is sticky. That is why many feel that you have to add more flour than the recipe says. The point is that the more flour you add, the heavier the gnocchi will be.
The other ingredients are basic, relatively few and very common. I really like nutmeg and I love adding this type of food but if you don’t like it, you can skip it from the recipe because it is not essential.
To form the gnocchi, avoid excess flour, sprinkle what is necessary but do not abuse its quantity. The less flour you use, the result will be better.
This time I prepared these gnocchi with a white sauce with kale. Another seasonal vegetable. Super beneficial for the body, it is very rich in minerals and vitamins. And best of all, it barely has calories!
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- Beet puree 200 g / 7.05 oz / 0.44 lb
- Whole wheat flour 300 g / 10.58 oz / 2 ½ cups
- Egg 1
- Water 1 tbsp
- Optional: nutmeg, baking powder
- Place the cooked and soft beets in a bowl. Make a puree.
- Add the egg, the tablespoon of water and the nutmeg. Mix.
- Incorporate and integrate the whole flour little by little.
- Make the dough into a bun (wear gloves if you don't want to dye your hands with beets). Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (you can prepare the day before if you wish).
- Take a portion of the dough and form long, thin rolls.
- Cut small portions to form the gnocchi with the fork or gnocchi board.
- Cook in batches with plenty of boiling water and salt to taste (once the gnocchi float on the surface of the water, cook for 1 more minute and remove).
- Baking powder makes gnocchi airier and less heavy.
- Let the dough rest for at least 1 hour so the flour is hydrated
- Can be prepared the day before
- Avoid excess flour for light gnocchi
- Avoid kneading, this will make the dough ask for more flour
- The gnocchi dough is a bit sticky, it is sprinkled superficially to be able to work but without excesses
- To keep the shape better, let the gnocchi air out on the table for a while before boiling
- To freeze, place the gnocchi on a tray, separated from each other. Once they are frozen, place them in a bag suitable for the freezer (this prevents them from sticking and their shape is preserved)
- Frozen gnocchi are boiled directly without defrosting in plenty of boiling water