I suppose I could break them up into two, but nah. I'm a little lazy that way.
You know I'm always looking for a new way to prepare fish. I'm a little tired of butter and garlic sauces. I've tried mustard. I've tried mayo. They're all find and good, but.....I needed something more.
Tilapia fillets - 4-6 oz each
Egg - 1
Cayenne pepper - 1/4 t
Tortilla chips - 1 cup, finely crushed
Lime juice - 1-2 T
Salt - 1 t
Pepper - 1/2 t
Mayo - 1/2 c
Garlic - 1 clove minced
Lime juice - 1 T
Jalapeño - 1. seeded and diced
Administer lime juice, then salt and pepper to both sides of the fish.
Dredge fish in beaten egg, then into the cayenne and tortilla mixture
Place on parchment paper.
Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes.
For tartar sauce, you mix all ingredients into one bowl. Stir well enough so the lime juice is no longer runny and incorporates into the mayo.
Since it had a southwestern thing going on, I diced a tomato and threw it on after the fish cooked.
I really liked the flavours. The cayenne provided heat, as did the jalapeño. This definitely goes into the dinner rotation.
Then there's the side: a version of smothered green beans.
710 suggested green beans which are fine, but I had to find a way to make them interesting to me.
My sister does something with soy and sesame oil, but it seems I've been doing Asian inspired things a lot lately, so opted to find another method.
Smothered Green Beans
Green beans: 3/4 lb
Water - 1/2 c
Onion - 1/4 c chopped
Garlic - 1/2 t minced
Bacon - 3 thick strips chopped
Salt / Pepper
Cook bacon in pan until fat begins to render. Add onion and garlic.
Add beans and water. Cook until the water evaporates and the beans are tender. (add more a little more water, if initial water boils away and beans are still not tender.)
Season with salt and pepper and serve.
It all worked very nicely. I let the bacon cook too long after I added the beans. But very crispy bacon is still bacon. I just needed to time the fish cooking with the beans better so that nothing overcooked.
Good enough for mid-week, but good enough for company too.