Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

December 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM | Posted in fish, Ore - Ida, tilapia | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

 

 

 

Another very cold start to the day, 1 degree this morning! Had a bad case of cabin fever coming on so I got out today before it got any worse! Picked up items at Meijer and Walmart, groceries and finished up my Christmas shopping list. Then dropped a gift and a bag of my Mom’s Buckeyes off to one of my best friends, got gas, and ran the car through the car wash to get the dirt and salt off of it, then home. Felt good to get out for a while! For dinner tonight I prepared a Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Baked Fries.

 

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I had the Tilapia in the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet off in water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt. Then I melted a 1/2 tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with it, covering both sides. I then covered both sides, with Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning. I added Canola Oil to my Cast Iron Skillet and preheated it until the Oil was almost ready to start smoking and I added the Tilapia. Just a word of warning have your window open and overhead stove fan a working, it will smoke! I cooked the fillet for 3 minutes each side and it was fork tender and ready. I love the smokey and heated flavor the Zatarain’s Seasoning provides. The fillet just melted in my mouth. I served it on an Meijer Bakery Wheat Mini Sub Bun. I topped it with some Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip. If you haven’t tried this Spread, and you like some added heat this is your Spread! It’s not that over powering heat but it is Spicy. It’s a creamy and thick Spread so if you like Spicy give it a try.

 

 

 

I also baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

Ore Ida Simply
Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries

You can take the potatoes out of the country.
But you can’t take the country out of our delicious Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries. Simple ingredients like potatoes, olive oil and sea salt – simply prepared. That’s Ore-Ida style.
Ore-Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries:
* French fried potatoes seasoned with cracked black pepper, olive oil and sea salt
* All natural
* Made with Grade A potatoes
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Gluten free
* Kosher
SERVING SIZE: 84g
CALS 130
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg
CARBS 22g

 
http://www.oreida.com/en/Products/S/Simply-Olive

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Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Deviled Eggs and Baked Fries

November 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Eggs, fish, Ore - Ida, tilapia | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Deviled Eggs and Baked Fries

 

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Well we survived our first snowfall of the Winter/Fall, all less than a 1/4″ of it! A friend of mine called me last night when he got off work at a local Kroger. We were both laughing at people in this area and how they panic when the 4 letter word “SNOW” is mentioned! He said when he left at 9:00 last night the checkout were lined up with people and their panic buying, I tell you this are is nuts when they mention that 4 letter word! It is cold out though. When I went out and got the morning paper it 19 degrees with a stiff cold wind and it didn’t warm up much at all. For dinner tonight I warmed it up on the inside preparing a Blackened Tilapia Fish Sandwich w/ Deviled Eggs and Baked Fries.

 

 
I had the Tilapia in the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet off in water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt. Then I melted a tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with it, covering both sides. I then covered both sides, with Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning. I added Canola Oil to my Cast Iron Skillet and preheated it until the Oil was almost ready to start smoking and I added the Tilapia. Just a word of warning have your window open and overhead stove fan a working, it will smoke! I cooked the fillet for 3 minutes each side and it was fork tender and ready. As usual anything that you use Zatarain’s on it’s going to be good and this was no exception! I love the smokey and heated flavor the seasoning provides. The fillet just melted in my mouth. I served it on an Aunt Millie’s Deli Style Whole Grain Mini Sub Bun. I topped it with some Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip. If you haven’t tried this Spread, and you like some added heat this is your Spread! It’s not that over powering heat but it is Spicy. It’s a creamy and thick Spread so if you like Spicy give it a try.

 

 
For a side dish, I had posted about Deviled Eggs earlier and that got me wanting some! So I went to Deviled Egg expert, my Mom! I love her Deviled Eggs, rich and creamy with just an incredible taste. I also baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip

Hidden Valley Spicy Chipotle Pepper Sandwich Spread & Dip
Spice up your ordinary sandwich with Hidden Valley™ Sandwich Spread & Dip in Spicy Chipotle Pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 tbsp (15 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 25
Calories from Fat 13
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Carbohydrates 1.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 1.0g

Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

November 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM | Posted in baking, fish, potatoes, turkey bacon, vegetables | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

 

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A couple of friends of mine had been in their Florida home for a week or so and they came home yesterday and brought me some Fresh Gulf Coast Grouper! Now this beats any old T- Shirt! How fresh is it you ask? It was caught Sunday Afternoon and dropped off to me Monday about 6:00 pm, that’s fresh. I froze 5 fillets and kept one out for dinner tonight. Went to the local Kroger and picked up some Gourmet Red Potatoes and fresh Asparagus to go with the Grouper. For dinner tonight, Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus.

 

 
I started by rinsing the fillet off with water and patted dry with a paper towel. Melted a tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillet down with the butter. Then seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt and then with Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, rubbing the Blackened Seasoning on both sides of the fillet until it was well covered. Heated up a Cast Iron Skillet and fried the fillet. Always have your overhead stove fan on when Blackening, it will create the smoke! I fried it about 4 minutes per side. After the smoke cleared the Grouper came out perfect! Gulf Coast Grouper by itself is delicious but Blackening it just brings that much more flavor. I’ve said it before, “I could live on Fish”.

 

 
For one side dish I prepared Roasted Red Potatoes. I quartered and seasoned the Red Potatoes with Dill, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder. I used a Cast Iron Skillet that I heated up on medium and added a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I added the Red Potatoes and fried them for about 7 minutes and then put them in the oven, that was already at 400 degrees, and roasted them for about another 20 minutes until they were fork tender. Excellent way to prepare Red Potatoes! I also made some Quick Skillet Asparagus. Just heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add Canola Oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add the Asparagus to pan; cooked about 3 minutes until the Asparagus was crisp-tender and browned, stirring frequently. To season the Asparagus I added Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, and Crumbled Turkey Bacon. Delicious meal all centering around the Florida Gulf Coast Grouper, a big thank you to Jim and Linda for the Grouper, and paired with the Red Potatoes and fresh Asparagus. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Zatarain's Blackened Seasoning
Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning
This spicy seasoning blend is rubbed on the outside of fish (or chicken, steak or other meats) for blackening. Also great as a seasoning rub for the grill or broiler.
Ingredients:
SALT, PAPRIKA, CAYENNE PEPPER, BLACK PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, CHILI POWDER, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONION, GARLIC, SPICES.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 tsp. (.71g)

Servings Per Container: about 120
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 0

 

http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Spices-and-Extracts/Blackened-Seasoning.aspx

Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green Beans

August 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM | Posted in fish, greenbeans, hash browns, Pillsbury, Zatarain's | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green BeansNut Bread Blackend Grouper 007

 

 

Another cool morning and beautiful day out, about a high of 74 and sunny! Worked on the grill today and was able to get it up and running again. It’s patch work every time we use it but trying to hold out till later in the year when the grills go on sale. Tonight I prepared a Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Grouper w/ Hash Browns and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

I used another piece of the Gulf Coast Grouper that a friend gave me from when they were in Florida earlier this year. I’ve got 2 more big pieces left but he’ll be going back to Florida in another month or so and hopefully he’ll remember his old buddy Mark and bring some more back North with him! To prepare the Grouper, after it thawed, I rinsed the fillet off with water and patted dry with a paper towel. Melted a couple of tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the fillets down with the butter. Then seasoned it with a bit of Sea Salt and then with Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, rubbing the Blackened Seasoning in till both sides of the fillet were covered. Heated up my favorite skillet the Cast Iron Skillet and fried the fillets. Always have your overhead stove fan on when Blackening, it will create the smoke! The pieces were thick so I fried them about 4 minutes per side. After the smoke cleared the Grouper came out perfect! Gulf Coast Grouper by itself is delicious but Blackening it just brings that much more flavor. I’m going to have to try some Blackened Chicken Thighs soon!

 

 

For side dishes I had some Hash Browns. I used Simply Potatoes Hash Browns, best Hash Browns by far. I also warmed a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a slice of fresh baked Pillsbury Nut Quick Bread.

 

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Cast-iron cookwarecast iron frying pan
Cast iron cookware has excellent heat retention properties and can be produced and formed with a relatively low level of technology. Seasoning is used to protect bare cast iron from rust and to create a non-stick surface.
Types of bare cast-iron cookware include panini presses, waffle irons, crepe makers, dutch ovens, frying pans, deep fryers, tetsubin, woks, potjies, karahi, flattop grills and griddles.

 

Cast iron’s ability to withstand and maintain very high cooking temperatures makes it a common choice for searing or frying, and its excellent heat retention makes it a good option for long-cooking stews or braised dishes. Because cast iron skillets can develop a “non-stick” surface, they are also a good choice for egg dishes. Other uses of cast iron pans include baking, for instance for making cornbread, cobblers and cakes.
Most bare cast iron pots and pans are cast from a single piece of metal in order to provide even distribution of heat. This quality allows most bare cast iron pans to serve as dual-purpose stovetop fryers and oven baking dishes. Many recipes call for the use of a cast iron skillet or pot, especially so that the dish can be initially seared or fried on the stovetop then transferred into the oven, pan and all, to finish baking. Likewise, cast iron skillets can double as baking dishes. Cornbread in particular is seen as a food item that is best prepared in a cast iron skillet: the iron pan is heated beforehand in the oven, the ingredients are combined in the heated pan, and the dish is then placed directly into the oven for fast baking. This differs from many other cooking pots, which have varying components that may be damaged by the excessive temperatures of 400 °F (204 °C) or more.
Cast iron is a very slow conductor of heat and forms hot spots if heated too quickly, or on an undersized burner;[3] however, it has excellent heat retention properties, and the entire pan will eventually become extremely hot, including the iron handle or handles.

Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas..

July 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, fish, Idahoan Potato Products, tilapia | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain BreadCast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia 008

 

 
After a night and morning of heavy rains, the sun finally came out late afternoon. It’s no wonder the crops are doing so well, this is the first Summer in quite sometime we’ve had enough rain. Usually by now our lawns are brown and crops are struggling but this year everything is green! For dinner I prepared a Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Tilapia w/ Scalloped Potato Casserole, Sugar Snap Peas, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

 

Nothing better to cook in than a well seasoned Cast Iron Skillet. My Mom has three of them and all are older than me. i had the Tilapia frozen so I let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Rinsed the fillets off in water and patted dry with a paper towel. I seasoned them with a bit of Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Then i melted a tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter down and rubbed the two fillets down with it, covering both sides. I then covered them, both sides, with Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning. I added Canola Oil to my Cast Iron Skillet and preheated it until the Oil was almost ready to start smoking and I added the Tilapia. Just a word of warning have your window open and overhead stove fan a working, it will smoke! I cooked the fillets for 3 minutes each side and it was fork tender and ready. As usual anything that you use Zatarain’s on it’s going to be good and this was no exception! I love the smokey and heated flavor the seasoning provides. The fillet just melted in my mouth. I could live on Fish and Seafood alone.

 

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To go with my Blackened Tilapia I prepared a box of Idahoan Scalloped Potato Casserole. Another easy to prepare and delicious dish. A breeze to make just mix the ingredients and bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes and you have some delicious Scalloped Potatoes. Plus their only 160 calories and 20 carbs. I also heated up a bag og of Walmart Marketside Sugar Snap Peas and a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

Idahoan SCALLOPED HOMESTYLE CASSEROLEIdaho Scall

Product Description
There’s no better way to start a hearty Scalloped homestyle casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich & creamy side. For family meals or for special occasions, this creamy, delicious dish is sure to please.

Baking Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving.
BAKING NOTES: To prepare 2 casseroles at once, double all ingredients, increase baking dish size accordingly, and bake about 30 min. To bake potatoes and roast meat at the same time, bake at 375°F for about 45 min; 350°F for about 50 min; or 325°F for about 60 min.

 

 

http://www.idahoan.com/products/retail/scalloped-homestyle-casserole

 

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