(WSVN) - There is nothing better than a little comfort food during this holiday season. An award-winning restaurant in North Beach is dishing it out. Time to grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Benoit Rablat
The Restaurant: Silverlake Bistro, Miami Beach
The Dish: Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

0.5 oz duck fat
half pound gnocchi
2 oz heavy cream
4 oz of shredded cheese (cheddar and Swiss or your favorite combination)
1 oz lardon (thick cut bacon)
1 pinch of toasted panko
olive oil

Method of Preparation:

  • In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.
  • Cook half a pound of gnocchis. Gnocchis are cooked when they float. Depending on the brand, if they’re fresh, frozen, or dry… it will take between 4 and 7 minutes.
  • Strain the gnocchis with a colander. Transfer the gnocchis to a large bowl and toss them in a little bit of olive oil to avoid them being sticky. Reserve.

Cheese sauce:

  • Combine heavy cream and cheese in a saucepan on low/medium heat until smooth and creamy. Reserve.


  • Dice in half-inch cube 2 ounces of bacon slab (it can be replaced by a thick-cut bacon. Then cut 1 inch).
  • In a pan, cook the bacon till crispy brown but not hard.
  • Scoop out the bacon of the fat and reserve the bacon on a kitchen paper towel to get rid of all the excess fat.
  • In a large non-stick pan, heat up 1 ounce of duck fat on medium/high fire (the duck fat can be replaced with olive oil).
  • When the duck fat starts smoking, add the cooked gnocchi. Sear them on each side till dark brown and slightly crispy (approx. 3 minutes).
  • Add the cheese sauce and stir with a rubber spatula to coat all the gnocchis with the cheese sauce.

To Plate:

  • Split the gnocchis evenly on two plates and finish the dish with a pinch of bread crumbs, finishing with sea salt and the crispy lardons.

Silverlake Bistro
1211 71st St.
Miami Beach, FL 33141

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