Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

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One thing I can not stand about cooking things like fish is that all-too-well known 'buy it on Sunday, ya don't eat it by Wednesday, and...TRASH.'  Working around that I started to buy frozen fish.  The only one that I personally like to buy frozen, rather than fresh, is tilapia.  It is a white, flaky fish that can pretty much be cooked any way you like.  Whether blackened, fried, crusted, or plain with a little seasoning.  One way I found to 'wow' a generally known to be bland fish, is to crust it! So throw those puppies into the microwave, defrost, and let's get started.

This recipe is super simple and requires close to no clean-up.  That is my kinda weekday night recipe!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia:

4-6 pieces of frozen Tilapia (defrosted)

1 bag of Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan Recipe Blend (cheese section)

1/2 cup of Mayonnaise 

A couple squirts of lemon juice (I chose to buy lemon juice as opposed to plan out buying a lemon each and every time I want to use a little!)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  After thawing the tilapia in the microwave, or however you'd like to do so, prepare your baking pan.  By prepare I mean, line it with tin-foil to provide for easy clean-up! Lay each of your pieces of tilapia on your baking sheet an inch or two apart.

Next, top the tilapia pieces with a thin layer of mayonnaise.  The mayonnaise is not for flavor, so by thin I mean THIN.  It is simply a sticking mechanism for the crust. Top the now covered in mayonnaise tilapia pieces with the mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan to create a nice crust layer.

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Then, squeeze a tiny bit of lemon juice on top of each piece for some minimal citrus flavoring.  Lastly, you may have noticed that I didn't call for a little melted butter in the bread topping as a thickening crust agent.  Well, that is because I try to steer clear from butter whenever possible! My tip that provides for the same outcome is to spray the top of the crusted pieces with butter-flavored cooking spray.  How perfect is that?

Place your baking sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until a little browned on the tops and you are set! Whether you are wow-ing a whole dinner party or just cooking for a special someone, this recipe is a super simple way to incorporate a lot of flavor and a beautifully presented fish dish all in one!

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