Archive | May, 2016

Honey Lime Tilapia

31 May

Tilapia Honey Lime

I recently made this tasty dish using “Dover” sole that I bought at Trader Joe. Dover sole is Joe’s favorite fish, and while this may have been sole, the package said it was wild-caught in the United State, so it doesn’t seem likely that the fish actually swam over from Dover, England before being caught. I know Dover sole has become kind of a generic name, but we’re sticklers for accuracy around here!

No matter, this is a nice recipe that’s a good choice for a light summer supper, and it’s pretty easy to make. You could also use flounder or any other thin, mild, white fish.

Honey Lime Tilapia

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This recipe comes from Mel’s Kitchen Café (www.melskitchencafe.com).

Ingredients:

4 tilapia fillets, about 4-5 oz. each
2 Tbs. lime juice (1 large lime)
Zest of 1 lime
1 Tbs. olive oil
1½ Tbs. honey
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1-2 Tbs. olive oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper and garlic.

Place the tilapia in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the fish. Press the air out of the bag and seal. Refrigerate the fish for at least an hour and up to 4 hours (lay the bag in a flat dish and turn it over once or twice during the marinading time).

Whisk together the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish like a pie plate. Dredge each tilapia fillet in the flour, coating both sides lightly, and set the fillets aside.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until rippling and hot. Cook the fillets for 3 to 5 minutes per side without moving the fish while it cooks on each side. Adjust the cooking time as needed depending on the thickness of the fish and the heat of the skillet. Work in batches as necessary to avoid crowding the fish.

Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Serves 4

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Farmer cheese casserole

5 May

farmer cheese casserole

I bought a package of farmer cheese for Passover because I like to make a matzo-cheese-leek pie. Farmer cheese is kind of like a smooth and dry cottage cheese, a little like feta cheese but not as crumbly and with a less tart taste. Unfortunately, I forgot that my recipe called for half a pound of farmer cheese, and I bought the larger, one-pound package.

After Passover, I had to figure out what to do with the rest of the farmer cheese, so I took a look at what was in my fridge and came up with this recipe.

If you don’t have farmer cheese, you can substitute small-curd cottage cheese (drain it before adding to the rest of the ingredients) or finely crumbled feta cheese.

I had leftover rice so I used a little of that to add starch and thickening, in place of the flour I would normally use. Don’t make rice just for this recipe; use flour instead.

Ingredients:

3 Tbs. butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
half a bell pepper (I used yellow), diced
1 small tomato, chopped
1 10-oz. box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
3 eggs
1 cup farmer cheese
1 oz. cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese, cubed
1/4 cup cooked rice or 3 Tbs. flour
salt and black pepper to taste (the cheese may be salty enough that you don’t need to add any)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano or basil

Directions:

Heat half the butter or oil in a medium skillet and saute the onions and peppers until soft. Add the chopped tomato and spinach, and continue cooking until any liquid is evaporated. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the remaining butter or oil in an 8-inch square baking dish (or use a glass pie plate) and put it in the oven for a few minutes until the butter melts or the oil is heated.

Beat the eggs and add in the farmer cheese and cubed cheese, then the cooked and cooled vegetables, rice or flour, and spices. Mix well.

Pour the melted butter or hot oil into the mixture, and then put everything into the greased baking dish or pie plate.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until firm and slightly browned.

Serves 4