Friday, March 19, 2010

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia with Avocado Cream

Fish is a very rare find here. I really do try to make fish for my family because they all LOVE it. I am the problem. I don't like fish. I put on a good face for the kids, but I usually end up pushing it around on my plate after taking only one bite. The kids will then beg for more fish and they end up eating mine. Of course, they enjoy that and don't really notice that I haven't eaten anything. The problem is that Anya is almost 5 and will eventually notice what is left on my plate. I encourage them to try at least one bite of everything and they are amazing eaters. I am lucky that they aren't picky. I am probably the pickiest eater in the house.

I got a little sidetracked there for a minute. :) According to Nathan and the kids, this fish was really good. There wasn't a single piece of fish left, so that is a good sign. I took my signature one bite. I didn't think it was bad. The flavors were good. I think I just need to keep making fish and force myself to eat it. Eventually I'll have to like it, right?


Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia with Avocado Cream
Recipe from Dani Spies

1lb of tilapia (4-6 filets)
2 eggwhites
1 cup of ground cornmeal
1 tbsp of paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Cream
1 avocado
2 tbsp plain Greek style yogurt
Juice of half a lime
Pinch of salt
Do your self a favor and make the Avocado cream first. This way once the fish is done you’re ready to serve and eat!

Avocado Cream
Peel and pit the avocado before chopping into chunky pieces. Place the avocado in a mini food processor along with the yogurt, limejuice, and salt.

Blend everything together until you have a nice creamy sauce. Feel free to play with the texture by adding more or less yogurt and/or a bit of milk or water. Set aside until ready to serve.

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia
Combine the cornmeal, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a wide shallow dish or bowl. Place your egg whites in another bowl with similar characteristics.

Season each tilapia fillet with salt and pepper. Dip seasoned fillet into the egg whites and then dredge it in the cornmeal mixture. Place on a rimmed baking sheet until ready to cook.

Once you have all of your tilapia seasoned and coated heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over a medium high heat.

Right before placing the tilapia into the hot pan, lightly mist each one with a bit of cooking spray (this will ensure even browning without having to add too much oil into the pan) and place in pan “sprayed-side” down.

Mist the opposite side of the fillets while they are cooking and after a bout two minutes flip the fish and cook for another two minutes or so. You are looking for the fish to just cook through while having a nice crispy, browned exterior.

Hit each one with a pinch of salt when they are done and top with a tablespoon of Avocado Cream. Enjoy!


The McBride Family said...

I hope one day you sit next to meet eating sushi! :) THis looks fabulous! I can't wait to try it!

The McBride Family said...

me not meet! :)

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I found your site through this little family. I love it. I am adding you to my blog roll. I found lots of new recipes to try.

Ingrid said...

LOL, I'm the pickiest eater at my house, too! It's kinda nice though.

Happy Friday!

Bob said...

Hey, at least you are taking your own advice and trying at least one bite. :)

Looks great to me, I've just started getting into fish.

HoneyB said...

This looks great Cristine! We are trying to eat more fish ourselves :)

teresa said...

my kids hate fish, so i'm a bit jealous! this looks amazing, a great recipe! happy weekend!

Valerie said...

My kids *LOVE* fish. I'm going to have to make this for them. I could take it or leave it... LOL If its too fish or has funny texture then forget it. I can't eat it.. Ha!

Jessica said...

We eat lots of fish, so I'm always excited to find a new recipe!!! Gonna try this one tomorrow!

Katy ~ said...

I eat fish maybe once a year. It's good to keep trying. Kudos to you for setting such a good example.

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