Crispy Gnocchi With Burst Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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  1. 2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  2. 2 (12 to 18 oz) packages shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi or whole wheat gnocchi
  3. 1/4 c butter
  4. 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 t red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  6. Kosher salt and black pepper
  7. 2 pints small tomatoes, such as cherry, grape or Sungold
  8. 3 T water
  9. 1/4 c thinly sliced or torn basil leaves (optional), plus more for serving
  10. 8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut or torn into 1/2-inch pieces, can substitute a mixture of Parmesan cheese and fontina cheese


  1. Heat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  2. In a large (12-inch) skillet on the stovetop, heat enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan (about 1 tablespoon) over medium-high.
  3. Add half the gnocchi to the pan, breaking up any that are stuck together. Cover with a lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  4. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi and olive oil.
  5. Add the butter to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until golden-brown and toasty, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper, reducing the heat slightly if necessary to avoid scorching.
  7. Add the tomatoes and 3 tablespoons water and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the tomatoes have softened and the liquid has slightly thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Smash the tomatoes as they burst to help them along.
  8. Add the seared gnocchi and 1/4 cup basil (if using), stir to coat, then shake into an even layer. # TStir in the mozzarella and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  9. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned in spots, 2 to 4 minutes.
  10. Top with more basil, red pepper flakes and pepper as desired.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Course: Entree,Side Dish
Type of Food: Skillet Dish,Vegetarian,
Ethnicity/Origin: Italian
Key Ingredient: Gnocchi,Tomatoes
Difficulty: 2 - Medium
Make Ahead: No
Prep Method: Stovetop,Broiler

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