cooking for your boyfriend

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Seared Tilapia with a side of Roasted Tomatoes over Croutons

Serves 2 hungry boyfriends in 45 minutes
My boyfriend doesn't like tomatoes, but he loved this one!
Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 2 cups cubed (1/2 in dice) bread from a ciabatta loaf 
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 splash balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh basil, julienned
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 4 small Tilapia Fillets
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the bread cubes and toast until evenly browned, about 5-10 minutes.  Add more olive oil when needed.  Sprinkle with salt.  Transfer croutons into 2 gratin dishes and set aside.

2.  Meanwhile mix together tomatoes, sugar, and garlic in a medium bowl.  Add the tomato mixture to the same skillet you used for the croutons.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.  After 5 minutes add a splash of balsamic vinegar.  Cook another 2 minutes.  Off the heat stir in basil.   

3.  Pour the tomato mixture in the gratin dishes over the croutons.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Place gratin dishes on a baking sheet.  Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until the tops are browned and the tomatoes are bubbling.  

4.  Meanwhile pour flour into a shallow dish.  Season fish with salt and pepper.  Dredge the fish in flour, shaking off the excess.  

5.  Heat 1 tablespoon of safflower oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat*.  Add the fish and sear 3 minutes per side (if your skillet is small, sear the fish in batches).  

6.  Present to your boyfriend.  Carefully transfer 2 tilapia fillets onto a dinner plate.  Place a sliced lemon next to the fish.  For color, add a bouquet of parsley or basil.  Place the gratin dish of bubbling tomatoes next to the dinner plate.  Make sure you warn your boyfriend that the gratin dish is hot!  Bon Appetite!

*Make sure the skillet is very hot before you add the fish or the fish will stick to the pan

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