Secret Recipe Club: Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Brown Butter Gnocchi

When I received the email saying that there was finally space and I had been selected to a participate in The Secret Recipe Club I may have just squealed a little in joy.  Then the panic set in.

I am all for trying other blogger recipes whether verbatim or adding my own spin to it.  I actually relished the idea of having something new to try every month as well as meeting all the amazing food bloggers out there that an extra 24 hours a day still wouldn’t allow me the luxury of reading each and every one. What set me into hair pulling, shot drinking mode was the idea of people cooking from my site.  What if they didn’t like anything? Or the recipe was a completely disaster?  What if…?  I guess I will have to wait and see since this is my first month but as the saying goes ” what doesn’t kill me only makes me drink harder.” Or something like that.

The first blogger I was assigned was Renee’s Kitchen Adventures.  Reading her about page I quickly related her work experience in healthcare (me too!) as well as the fact that her recipes all include points values for the Weight Watchers program.  I have been a member myself successfully and not so successfully on and off for what seems to be a lifetime.  And while I am not currently following the plan I understand it and can appreciate the points values in terms of whether it’s healthy and I can have lots or not so healthy and please eat in moderation.

It’s hard as a food blogger to not want to get your hands into a recipe and play around but I wanted with my first try I’d keep it simple and follow the recipe perfectly.  I compromised by making Renee’s homemade potato gnocchi and personalized it by tossing it with brown butter and sage.  The only change I made was I had to add a bit more flour to my dough to make it less sticky and I peeled my potatoes before cooking them for easier handling otherwise being was my first time making gnocchi I think recipe was just perfect.

Yields 4 side dishes

Secret Recipe Club: Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage
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  • 6 medium yukon gold potato, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage, chopped


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the potatoes until fork tender.
  2. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  3. Using a potato ricer or masher, mash the potatoes into a large bowl.
  4. Mix in the egg, oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the flour combine until dough is smooth and soft.
  6. On a lightly floured surface and working with 1/3 of the dough at a time roll it out into a long 1/2" log. Cut into 1/2" pieces.
  7. Roll the little pieces carefully down the front of a fork to create the ridges and place on a lightly floured baking sheet until all the dough has been used.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in the gnocchi and cook until they begin floating to the surface about 3-5 minutes. Drain.
  9. Meanwhile in a large frypan melt the butter and cook, stirring, until butter begins to brown and the fragrance starts to smell nutty.
  10. Stir in the sage, cook for 1 minute, then toss in the gnocchi.
  11. Cook until coated and warm.
Recipe Type: Pasta

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  1. Oh how I love gnocchi. That looks delicious.
  2. Oh how I love gnocchi and the thought of serving it in a brown butter/sage sauce has me swooning! I have to try these!! Fantastic first post for the SRC. We are thrilled to have you!
  3. These look gorgeous! This is my first go around with SCR as well. :) It's been way too long since I've made this recipe...I need to fix that!
  4. Welcome to the SRC! While I've done gnocchi with sage before, never thought to add brown butter to the combination - but it sounds fantastic! Awesome pick :-)
  5. ha! I like you already :) I totally agree...what doesn't kill me just makes me drink harder - LOVE IT! I was also tickled to see you had been matched with my good friend Renee! She is awesome! I am a huge fan of gnocchi, and I have made it this way also. Nothing better than a little crispy sage and brown butter to go with melt in your mouth gnocchi! Welcome to SRC!
  6. Wow... I have always been quite nervous about making gnoochi myself... but now I am quite keen to give it a go!
  7. Yay! Welcome to the SRC. :) I wholeheartedly approve of the recipe you picked. I'm a sucker for gnocchi, but I haven't worked up the guts to try making it at home yet. I think this is the nudge I've been waiting for!

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