A 2.5 parter. I’d never cooked Tilapia before. I’m more of a salmon lover but this was soo easy and low maintenance. And the creamy sauce that goes on top is super yummy. I told the hubs what I had planned on making for dinner the night prior and he said he just really wanted some garlic bread. So decided to throw that in to the mix.
We’ll start with the bread real quick and get that out of the way. Pretty easy and pretty good. Got the recipe from the good ol’ Barefoot Contessa herself at Food Network.
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil
1 loaf ciabatta bread ( I used a 1/2 since only 2 of us)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
Chop up your garlic gloves and place into food processor with parsley and oregano.
Step Two: (which I totally F’d up)
Heat your olive oil (1/4 c to 1/2 c depending on how much bread you’re going to make) and heat it up just barely and throw your mixture into the pan to sautee up the garlic a little bit. But make sure not to burn it like I started to! I was able to salvage most of it. The recipe said to just heat up for about 30 seconds. I heated the oil up a little too much before dumping mixture in. Oops.
Slice your bread in half horizontally. Spread some light butter or margarine on one side of your bread and then pour your olive oil/herb mixture onto the other half. Put the halves back together and wrap in foil. Place in oven for about 5 minutes. Then take out of foil and put back in for another 5 minutes. It was tasty.
Next up we’ll do the Tilapia w/ Mustard- Chive Sauce…..also from food network. It was really quick and really easy!
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 Tilapia fillets
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 large lemon or I use the concentrated kind in a bottle)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
salt and pepper
Get your fillets and drizzle on both sides a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put them in the oven and broil on low, until cooked through for about 6-8 minutes.
Step Two: The Sauce
In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, agave nectar or honey, and mustard until smooth. Then whisk in your lemon juice and chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Once Tilapia is done transfer to plates, drizzle some of your mustard-chive sauce on top of each fillet (or keep on the side). Add some nice brown rice and well if you’re us….garlic bread? And you’re good to go.