Monday, November 10, 2008

Fishing for Dinner

Now, despite loving shell fish, I don't care much for fish. However, fish is supposed to be good for you and since my husband and daughter like fish, once in a while I brave the fish for my family.

I decided to make baked tilapia with a Parmesan crumb topping.

I made this up as I went along and these are the ingredients for my dish: black pepper, Parmesan cheese, dried thyme, butter, Panko bread crumbs, tilapia fillets, bacon and garlic. I definitely should have added salt to the mix, but with Parmesan cheese being a bit salty, I erred on the side of caution this first time out.

I mixed some of the bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, black pepper, dried thyme and grated garlic together. I then melted 2 tablespoons of butter and added that to the bread crumb mixture.

The mixture is ready for the fish.

I diced the bacon and lightly fried it, leaving it a bit undercooked as it would be cooking some more later. I added a second slice of bacon that will be used for another dish to the pan.

Parmesan crumb topping meet tilapia. Tilapia meet bread Parmesan crumb topping.

And let's add some bacon to the party.

I bet you were wondering what the second dish using bacon was, weren't you? I decided to make my version of Rosie Hawthorne's Corn and Bacon dish. I am sure I fudged it a bit since I was doing the recipe from memory.

I used frozen corn instead of fresh corn and added a bit of milk instead of water.

Do you remember that I threatened to add pomegranate arils to tonight's salad? There they are, along with some honey roasted pecans. And you know what? Pomegranate arils definitely belong in a salad.

And here's the rest of our dinner. The Parmesan crumb topping added a nice crunch to the mild tilapia, although some salt in the topping would have made it even better. And the corn was sublime. Rosie needs to thank Mr. Hawthorne's mama for me.
My dear husband's response? As expected, he would have been happier without the Parmesan crumb topping on the fish. He doesn't like Panko bread crumbs and he likes his fish plain. Oh well, Darling daughter and I liked the Parmesan crumb topping. So there.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Looks delish. How did you honey-roast your pecans and what kind of salad dressing did you use?

Marilyn said...

I cheated and bought pre-honey roasted pecans. I still haven't found a good recipe for that.

We used the homemade french dressing on our salads.