If you're looking for a no-hassle summer snack or antipasto, this pan-fried gnocchi pairs perfectly with creamy burrata and melt-in-your-mouth tomato and garlic confit. Top with flaky salt, cracked black pepper, and fennel pollen for a little something extra. Best eaten with a spoon!
For a great homemade gnocchi, Pasta Social Club's recipe is on their website here.
Pasta Social Club is a column by Meryl Feinstein, Food52's Resident Pasta Maker, community builder, and pastaia extraordinaire. Meryl will teach us about everything from semolina to spaghetti to sauce—and will show us how pasta is a great way to make great friends and have lots of fun. —The Editors
For the tomato and garlic confit:
Add sweet cherry tomatoes of choice and a very generous handful of peeled garlic cloves to a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover in olive oil until everything is submerged. Cook over the lowest possible heat until the tomatoes begin to burst and the garlic is soft and spreadable, about 20-40 minutes, depending on the strength of your burner. Watch it closely—you want to see a bubble or two in the oil, but if it begins to simmer, layer another pot or pan underneath to diffuse the heat. (Cooled confit can be stored, submerged in its oil, in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Note that it is not seasoned so make sure to sprinkle with salt before eating!)
For the gnocchi:
Boil homemade or store-bought potato gnocchi in well-salted water until they float. Meanwhile, add a few glugs of the tomato confit oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high. Transfer the gnocchi from the cooking water with a slotted spoon to the hot oil and arrange in a single layer. Cook undisturbed until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes, then flip and repeat. Transfer from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate and taste for seasoning—a sprinkle of salt on top while they're still warm may be necessary.
Arrange gnocchi, burrata, and tomato and garlic confit on a serving plate. Top with a drizzle of confit oil or fresh olive oil, flaky salt (especially on those tomatoes!), cracked black pepper, and fennel pollen (optional). Enjoy immediately with a spoon!
Meryl Feinstein is a chef and pastaia who left the corporate world for the food industry in 2018. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, Meryl got her start at the renowned New York establishments Lilia and Misi, where she was part of the pasta production team. During that time, Meryl founded Pasta Social Club, a platform that brings people together over a shared love of food, learning, and making connections both on- and offline. She now lives in Austin, where she hosts virtual pasta-making workshops and develops recipes. Her dishes draw on her travels in Italy, ongoing research into the rich history of traditional pasta-making, and her Jewish heritage.