Sunday, September 25, 2011

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

I have never been a big fish person, but for this recipe, I make an exception.  The tilapia is very mild and when topped with a creamy parmesan coating it is very, very good.  Plus, it is literally done in minutes.  We love to serve this with rice and green beans.

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia
(originally from

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Brown Sugar Spiced Tenderloin

I was introduced to this by Kylie, and it is one of FAVORITE meals.  It is quick, easy, you can even cook it only dirtying one dish if you season the pork in the same baking dish you roast in. (*I don't have a cast iron skillet so I sear it on the stove, than transfer it to a glass baking dish.) I've prepared this for guests and it is always a huge success. 

Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin
*Makes about 2 1/2 pounds of pork tenderloin, enough to serve 8 adults*
Rub Ingredients:

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/2 lb. total), each tenderloin cut into two chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil

Glaze ingredients:
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic (about 6-8 cloves)
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat the pork with the spice rub. Heat the oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet that is ovenproof (I used my cast iron skillet) over medium high heat until the oil is hot and rippling. Brown the pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in the skillet. If you don't have an ovenproof skillet, brown the pork in a skillet and transfer it to a foil-lined baking pan (like a 9X13-inch). I've done both and either method works great.

Stir together the brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat on top of each tenderloin. Roast in the middle of the oven until a thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140, about 25 minutes. Let pork stand in the skillet at room temperature for 10 minutes. The temperature will rise to about 155 while standing. Slice on the diagonal and serve, spooning the sauce from the skillet on top of the pork.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

Americas Test Kitchen

We made this for dinner the other night when we had company over. It turned out really delicious, the herb butter made this dish. The pieces where I skimped on herb butter were not nearly as good as the ones where I put on the full 1/4 stick. I know, I know. Don't track your "points" on this one ladies.

Unbaked, breaded chicken Kievs can be refrigerated overnight and baked the next day or frozen for up to one month. To cook from frozen, increase baking time to 50-55 minutes.

Servings: 4 servings

8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp minced shallot
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves
1/2 tsp minced fresh tarragon leaves
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/8 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

bread crumb coating
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts tenderloin removed
1 cup AP flour
3 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp Dijon mustard
For the Herb Butter: Mix ingredients with rubber spatula until combined. Form into a 3 inch square on plastic wrap; wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

For the Chicken: Adjust oven rack to lower middle position; heat oven to 300 degrees.

Pound the chicken between two sheets of wax paper until 1/4 inch thick. Unwrap butter and cut into 4 rectangular pieces. Place chicken breast cut side up on work surface. season both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 piece of butter in center of bottom half of breast. Roll bottom edge of chicken over butter, then fold in sides and continue rolling to form neat, tight package pressing on seam to seal. Repeat with remaining butter and chicken. Regrigerate uncovered to allow edges to seal, 1 hour.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate pie plates or shallow dihes. Season flour with salt and pepper, season bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Add mustard to eggs and whisk to combine. Dredge 1 chicken breast in flour, shaking off excess, then coat with egg mixture allowing excess to drip off. Coat all sides of chicken breast with bread crumbs, pressing gently so that crumbs adhere. Place on wire rack set over rimmed baking sheet. Repeat flouring and breading on remaining chicken breasts.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes on wire rack before serving.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lemon Linguine

This recipe came from a cookbook that was put together by all the women in Relief Society when Marc and I were in the UCLA ward.  I have loved it since the day we tried it and it's included in our regular rotation.  Even Emma eats it (well ok, let's be honest, with only a little prodding).  Sorry folks, no picture this time.

Lemon Linguine

1 lb. chicken
1 pkg. linguine
1 bunch asparagus
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. green onions
1/4 c. fresh parsley
Lots of Parmesan cheese
Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 2 lemons


Season chicken with salt and pepper, cook.  (I usually fry or roast, depending on how quickly I'm trying to get dinner on the table).  Cook linguine.  Cut asparagus into 1" pieces, season with salt and pepper, and roast. 

In a large bowl, combine the olive oil through lemon juice.  Add chicken, pasta, and asparagus.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss.  Top with lots of parmesan cheese.

Just a hint: use fresh ingredients.  Bottled lemon juice and dried parsley will make it sub-par!