I must have been living in a cave somewhere, because I have just discovered Foodie Friday, which has been held every Friday at Designs By Gollum for some time now. How could I have missed any event that has to do with food? Well, this is my first time to participate, and I have an unexpected recipe to share, that I can’t stop talking about, so the timing is perfect!
We tried a new tilapia recipe last night, and it turned out so wonderfully that I grabbed my camera and took a last-minute shot right before I served it. I didn’t know I would be writing about this meal when I was cooking it, so I don’t have photos of the preparation. But it’s so easy, and came out so delicious, that it’s worthy of writing about, even without all of the evidence!
3-¾ cups water
¾ cup brown rice
¾ cup jasmine rice
1 small bunch fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled (or more, to taste)
1 lb Tilapia filets
25 roasted, salted pistachios, finely chopped
½ cup plain bread crumbs
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add brown rice, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. When time is up, add white rice and cook another 15 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in spinach leaves, cover and let sit for 5 minutes to wilt spinach. Squeeze lemon juice over rice, add blue cheese, and stir all together. Serve with fresh cracked pepper.
About 20 minutes after you start your rice, set oven to 450. While rice is cooking, rinse fish and pat dry. Whisk egg in a shallow dish, and in another shallow dish, mix pistachios and bread crumbs together. Dip fish in egg, then in pistachio mixture. Cover both sides generously. Sprinkle any extra over top. Bake fish for 10 minutes.
The ”breading” on the fish was toasted and crunchy. Most of the nut-crusted recipes I have seen required more complicated ingredients, but I wanted something simpler. I thought the saltiness of the pistachios would provide plenty of flavor. Turns out I was right! This was perfectly seasoned with just the pistachios and plain bread crumbs.
The same was true of the rice. After adding the salty cheese and tart lemon, the rice only needed a bit a fresh black pepper to finish it off.
Again, this was such a surprise for me! It was an elegant and delicious dinner, worthy of a special occasion but simple enough for everyday.
I hope you try it, too! And visit Foodie Friday if you’re a foodie. Have a good weekend, everyone.