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Tikka Masala Gnocchi with Blistered Tomatoes

August 17, 2021 0 Comments

This super easy dish is a weeknight favorite we discovered (thanks to our dear friend, Jennifer!) and adapted from a NYT Cooking recipe for Crispy Gnocchi with Burst Tomatoes and Mozzarella by Ali Slagle. We love the original, which is like gnocchi pizza, but love our Tikka Masala version even more!

Shopping List & Prep

  • 2 pints small tomatoes, such as cherry, grape or Sungold
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro or flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (optional)
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut or torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 (12- to 18-ounce) packages shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi
  • ¼ C unsalted butter (1/2 stick) or 1/4 C ghee
  • 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 TBSP Masi Masa Tikka Masala Spice Blend 

Cooking Directions

Pre-heat Oven

  1. Before turning on oven, set rack ~6 inches from the  upper heat source.
  2. Set oven to broil.

Cook Gnocchi

  1. In a large (12-inch) ovenproof skillet over medium heat on the stove, heat enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan (about 1 tablespoon)
  2. Add half the gnocchi to the pan, breaking up any that are stuck together.
  3. Cover with a lid or baking sheet and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown on one side, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi and olive oil.

Cook Tomatoes

  1. Add the butter to the skillet and cook over medium-high, stirring often, until golden-brown and toasty, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and 1 tablespoon of Masi Masa Tikka Masala Spice Blend, reducing the heat slightly if necessary to avoid scorching.
  3. 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.

Assemble & Broil in Oven

  1. Add the seared gnocchi and 1/4 cup cilantro or parsley (if using) to the tomatoes in the pan, stir to coat, then shake into an even layer.
  2. Top with the mozzarella.
  3. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned in spots, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Top with more cilantro or parsley and serve with a green salad.

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