Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Dinner: Baked Citrus Tilapia and Stuffed Mushrooms

Tonight's dinner was healthy and delectable - a perfect first eats post. My main was tilapia baked with onions, tomatoes (fresh from my garden!) and a citrus sauce garnished with fresh rosemary (also from my garden). My side dish was an old family favourite - stuffed mushrooms.

Baked Citrus Tilapia

2 frozen tilapia filets (I had frozen mutligrain coated tilapia. You could use plain or breaded, or fresh fish would be even better, but this is what I had on hand).
1/2 onion, quartered
2 small tomatoes, cut into eighths
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (375 for fresh fish). Lightly grease an oven-proof dish. Place onion and tomato in the dish and pour in both juices. Place the filets on top of the vegetables. Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning the fish halfway through the cooking time. Garnish with fresh rosemary before serving.

Stuffed Mushrooms

6 large mushrooms
1/2 small onion – finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup butter
¼ cup parmesan cheese
grated cheddar cheese – for topping
1 tablespoon parsley

Wash the mushrooms under cold water and dry thoroughly.  Remove the stems from the mushrooms and set aside.  Place the mushroom caps in a greased oven-proof dish.
Finely chop mushroom stems, onion, and garlic.  Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the mushroom stems, onion, and garlic and sautĂ© over medium /low heat until tender.  Add the bread crumbs, parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper and stir until combined.  If the mixture is dry add a bit more butter, and if the mixture is wet add a bit more bread crumbs.  Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and return to the oven for another 5 minutes.

A little rustic-looking on the plate, but I'm going for deliciousness as opposed to pretty points.

And it was a delicious meal! Paired with a nice crisp glass of white wine, it was fresh, summer-like, and very classy. My tune to match is also very classy in my humble opinion, and one of my favourite French songs. Being bilingual I like to explore and discover French music as well. This little ditty was actually featured in the film 500 Days of Summer, but I stumbled upon it before that and loved its simplicity. VoilĂ : Quelqu'un m'a dit by Carla Bruni.

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