Turnip Potato Gnocchi with Browned Butter and Sage

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These turnip potato gnocchi are easy and cheap to make, taste delicious and are a great way to use up all the turnips that are piling up in your vegetable garden. Drizzle browned butter and sage sauce on them and you have yourself a delicious and satisfying meal.

Gnocchi on a small plate being drizzled with a brown butter and sage sauce.

This post was originally published on July 21, 2016.

Turnip and potato are a wonderful combination. Usually I roast the two together and eat them with a baked goat cheese salad but I had already done that a bunch this turnip season and was looking for something new. And this dish is it.

It’s a straight-forward potato gnocchi recipe but with pureed turnip mixed in. The strong flavor elevates the gnocchi from slightly bland to really delicious and with a bit of browned butter and some chopped sage you have yourself an easy, cheap and yummy meal.

How to make turnip potato gnocchi:

Step 1. Start with 1 pound turnips and 2 pounds Russet potatoes (don’t use any other kind of potato or the recipe will not turn out).

Step 2. Roast them together in the oven until they are cooked through (about 1 hour and 20 minutes).

Four turnips and four potatoes on a rectangular baking sheet.

Step 3. Peel the potatoes and the turnips.

Step 4. Cut each potato in two to three chunks, then put each chunk through a potato ricer into a bowl. (You must use a potato ricer for this step, it cannot be done in any other way that I know of).

Four baked and peeled potatoes riced through a potato ricer.

Step 5. Put the turnips into the ricer but don’t try to actually push them through, instead just squeeze them enough to get rid of the water. This step is important because the water in the turnips will clump up your dough if you don’t get it out. The “potato ricer squeezing method” works surprisingly well for that.

Step 6. Once you’ve squeezed the moisture out of the turnips, blend them up in the food processor.

Four baked and peeled turnips squeezed with a potato ricer and blended in a food processor.

Step 7. Add the processed turnips into the potatoes, then mix in 1 egg, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper.

Step 8. Lightly knead the dough until it comes together into a ball.

A large bowl with riced potatoes and turnips and three small bowls with flour, egg and salt and pepper.

Step 9. Divide the dough into four pieces.

Step 10. Roll each piece into a rope that you can cut the gnocchi out of.

A ball of gnocchi dough cut into four quarters and four ropes of gnocchi dough cut into gnocchi.

Cook the gnocchi by dropping them into boiling water and you know that they are done when they float to the surface.

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Don’t have turnips on hand but still want to make potato gnocchi? Check out this recipe for Homemade Gnocchi with Cinnamon Clove Beef Stroganoff:

A large bowl filled with potato gnocchi and beef stroganoff on a rustic wood table.
Gnocchi on a small plate being drizzled with a brown butter and sage sauce.
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Turnip Potato Gnocchi with Browned Butter and Sage

These turnip potato gnocchi are easy and cheap to make, taste delicious and are a great way to use up all the turnips that are piling up in your vegetable garden. Drizzle browned butter and sage sauce on them and you have yourself a delicious and satisfying meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter sage sauce, turnip potato gnocchi
Servings: 4
Calories: 497kcal

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 1 pound turnips
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of fresh black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Poke a few holes into the turnips and the potatoes with a fork or a paring knife, then place them on a baking sheet and roast until a knife goes through easily, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Peel the potatoes, cut each one into two to three chunks, then put the chunks (one by one) through a potato ricer into a bowl.
  • Peel the turnips and put them in the potato ricer (one at a time) but don’t try to push them through, just squeeze them enough to get the water out of them. Discard the water and transfer the dried turnips into a food processor.
  • Puree the turnips, then mix them in with the riced potatoes.
  • Add egg, flour, salt and pepper to the mix and distribute the ingredients evenly by stirring them around with a fork.
  • On a floured surface, carefully knead the mix just enough to let it come together into a ball.
  • Divide the dough into 4 pieces.
  • Add more flour, then roll each piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rope.
  • Cut the rope into 1-inch-long gnocchi. 
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
  • Add half of the gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface (1 – 2 minutes).
  • Spoon the gnocchi out and cook the remaining half in the same fashion.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet and cook until it starts to brown.
  • Add the sage and cook for a minute.
  • Drizzle the butter over the gnocchi and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal

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10 comments

  1. Sabrina says:

    This gnocchi looks and sounds absolutely wonderful! I love your creative recipes and gorgeous photography. I finally purchased your book today and can’t wait to start reading!

  2. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    The gnocchi look fantastic and you can’t beat brown butter and sage. Have you tried the ricotta gnocchi? OMG they are fantastic and very easy to make. We always coat them with brown butter and sage over them. I think the gnocchi would pout if we didn’t dress them that way. Love the spoon. Have a great weekend.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Marisa! I haven’t tried ricotta gnocchi yet but I’ve been meaning to! If you say they are fantastic I’ll definitely have to make them. Enjoy your weekend! :)

  3. Ricky says:

    Your photos for this recipe are what caught my eye and brought me to this page. You do a really good job of making people hungry with your photos. I wish that, when my fiancee and I tried to make gnocchi, ours had turned out looking that delicious.

    We have been unmotivated because we pinterest failed the first attempt but, after seeing this post, I think we might have to try your recipe.

    -III
    http://www.amodernvillain.com/blog/2016/6/24/slytherin-gift-guide

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Ricky! I can really say that this recipe is very easy and delicious and I honestly can’t see much opportunity for mess-ups; I’ve made it several times now and the gnocchi turned out great every time. If you guys try it let me know how it came out. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Angela! I got lucky with the pour, it looked good in the first shot I took. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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