For the Sweet Potato Gnocchi:
- Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes, then pat-dry with paper towels. Use a sharp knife or fork to pierce them all around, then wrap each potato in a damp paper towel and microwave for 10-12 minutes on high or until tender. (Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven at 200°C/400°F for 50- 60 minutes, or boil in a pot of water for about 30 minutes.)
- Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, halve the potatoes using a shark knife and scoop out the flesh into a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Then add the egg, ground cinnamon, kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and ½ cup of flour. Start kneading to combine and gradually add the remaining ½ cup of flour until a dough forms. (Note: If the dough is too tough, sprinkle with a bit of water and continue kneading until a semi-soft dough forms – it shouldn’t be too soft and sticky, or too tough.) Roll the dough into a ball.
- Divide the ball into two parts, then dust your work surface with 1/8 cup of flour. Grab one of the parts and roll into a long thin rope. Then dust the work surface with the remaining 1/8 cup of flour if needed and repeat with the other part of the dough. Use a knife to cut the rope into ¾ to 1-inch pieces. Then run each piece along the tines of the back of a fork to give each piece a corkscrew-like design.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi pieces and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until they float to the top. (You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pot.) Drain into a colander over the sink. (I like to run water over them to prevent them from cooking further and sticking. But you can also lightly toss them with a bit of olive oil instead.)
(Note: Check out this tutorial on How to Make Sweet Potato Gnocchi for step-by-step photos. Be sure to check out the variations section in this post to see how you can switch up the taste of your sweet potato gnocchi.)
For the Bacon:
- Cut the bacon slices into bite sized strips. In a large deep sauté pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp and cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off the excess grease and set aside. Discard and wipe out the drippings in the pan.
For the Shrimp:
- Peel and devein the shrimp if needed, then rinse thoroughly and pat-dry with paper towels. Heat unsalted butter and extra virgin olive oil in a medium sized sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shrimp, kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, lemon juice, and sauté for a minute. Add garlic and a splash of dry white wine, give everything a good stir, then lower the heat to medium and cover the pan. Steam for 2-3 minutes. Then uncover the pan and switch off the heat. Set aside until needed.
For the Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Shrimp & Bacon:
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the unsalted butter in the same large deep sauté pan you used to cook the bacon until it’s foaming. Add the sweet potato gnocchi pieces and spread evenly around the pan. Let them crisp up for a minute, and then gently sauté to crisp up all sides for 3-4 more minutes. Transfer the gnocchi pieces to a bowl or plate.
- In the same pan, heat the remaining unsalted butter and extra virgin olive over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the fresh Italian parsley and sauté for another minute to combine.
- Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute, then gradually pour in the dry white wine and continue whisking. Simmer until the mixture thickens and the wine sizzles out – about 1-2 minutes.
- Lower the heat to medium and slowly pour in the milk while continuing to whisk. Add all of the spices & seasonings and stir, then add the freshly grated cheese. Mix until the cheese has fully melted and the sauce starts to thicken. Add the baby kale and toss for a minute until mostly wilted.
- Add the cooked sweet potato gnocchi, shrimp, bacon, and toss for to combine. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until everything has heated through. Then, switch off the heat.
- To Serve: Divide the Creamy Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Shrimp & Bacon evenly into plates or transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with extra freshly chopped parsley and sprinkle with more cheese if desired. Then serve immediately and enjoy!