Category: Main Dish

Parmesan Catfish

Ingredients:

  • 6 catfish fillets
  • 3 c Italian bread crumbs  (I make my own so…)
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350-375.

Wash and dry catfish fillets and pat dry so there is no excess water

In one bowl, lightly beat the eggs ,in another bowl, mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Dredge fillets in eggs allowing extra to drip off

Coat with bread crumb mixture (hint: its best to press the mix on, it ensures a good tasty crust!!)

Place on pan sprayed with nonstick spray (for extra crispy crust, spray the top of the fish with the spray as well)

Cook for about 20 minutes or until the fish easily flakes

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Habanero Bison Rib-Eye

I fixed this this past weekend. Really simple. The hard part is finding ground habanero!

Ingredients:

1 lb Bison Rib-Eye
1/8 Teaspoon habanero powder

Directions:

Preheat grill to 400 to 425 degrees.
Rinse rib-eye and pat dry with a paper towel. Apply habanero powder to both sides of rib-eye.
Bison cooks quicker than beef. Use the following guidelines to cook to your taste. It is best to measure by thickness to cook.
1 inch thick – Rare: 6 to 8 minutes, Medium: 8 to 10 minutes
1 1/2-inch thick – Rare: 8 to 10 minutes, Medium: 10 to 12 minutes
2 inches thick – Rare: 10 to 12 minutes, Medium: 14 to 18 minutes

Variants:

Substitute jalapeno powder for the habanero powder if you are a wimp.

Notes:

Habanero and jalapeno powder are both rather hard to find. I get mine in the bulk section of Central Market in Austin. You may be able to find it at Whole Foods. Habanero powder is also one of the more expensive spices at $30 a pound, then again who is going to need a pound of it when you’re using it 1/8th teaspoon at a time?

Some nutritional facts about Bison

3 oz. serving   CALORIES  FAT  CHOLESTEROL
BISON               93    1.8g    43mg
BEEF               183    1.8g    55mg
CHICKEN            140    3.0g    73mg
FISH               125    3.0g    59mg
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Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Simple and quick meal.

Ingredients:

2 6-8 ounce Tilapia fillets
2 shallots
16 asparagus stalks
2 medium zucchini
4-6 green onions
2 tablespoons pepper infused extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons course ground pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoons basil leaves
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoons thyme leaves
Grated Romano Cheese

Directions:

For the A to Z salad, cut asparagus in 1/2 inch lengths on the diagonal. Boil for 5 minutes or until the asparagus can easily be speared with a fork. Remove from heat and drain water. Use a vegetable peeler or mandoline to cut the zucchini into strips lengthwise. Cut green onion into 1 inch lengths. Add vegetables to a salad bowl. Add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to mix vegetables and oil.

Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Pan Fried Tilapia with Shallots and A to Z Salad

Thinly slice shallots. Add shallot slices and 2 tablespoons of pepper infused olive oil to a medium to large skillet. Over a medium heat cook shallots for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, mix dry spices. Melt 1/4 cup butter. For each side of the tilapia fillets, brush with melted butter and dust with spice mixture. Lightly pat the fillet. Move the shallots to the edge of the skillet a fry the tilapia in the same skillet for 2 1/2 minutes on each side.
Serve tilapia topped with shalots. Serve A to Z salad topped with Romano cheese.

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Bayou Blast Center Loin Butterflied Pork Chops

Rather simple recipe for center loin butterflied pork chops.

Ingredients:

2 12 ounce center loin butterflied pork chops
2 tablespoons Bayou Blast
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat grill to medium/high. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Dry pork chops with paper towels. Apply Bayou Blast (see link above) to both sides of pork chop. Use paper towel and hand pressure to infuse the rub in the pork chop.Grill for 5 minutes butterflied side down. Turn and grill 5 more minutes.

Move pork chops to baking sheet, butterflied side up. Drizzle olive oil over each pork chop. Roast until pork is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

Notes:

Root Beer Glaze goes well with this recipe.

Side Dishes:

Spicy Vegetable Basmati Rice

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Sea Food Trio Paella with Lobster, Scallops and Shrimp

One of my favorite ways to prepare paella. It makes me wish I lived on the coast so I could get the proteins fresh all the time.

Ingredients:

2 6 to 8 ounce lobster tails
1/2 pound bay scallops (may substitute colossal scallops)
1 lb shrimp 30-40 count
4 oz Chorizo
2 medium red bell peppers (or 1 large)
2 medium green bell peppers (1 large)
1/2 medium white onion
1/2 medium red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup white basmati rice
10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Lemon
Lime
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Prep:

Peel and devein shrimp.
Seed and devein bell peppers cut into 1/2 inch strips
Chop onions
Mince garlic
Cut lobster tails through the shell crosswise in 1-inch lengths
If using colossal scallops instead of bay scallops, quarter
Mince parsley as needed
Quarter lemon and limes as needed

Cook lobster. Add butter to medium skillet and melt over a medium heat. Add the lobster tail pieces to the pan and cook through, about 6 minutes, turning once. Remove the lobster meat from the shell and roughly chop. This can usually be done when the rice is in the oven.

Directions:

Sea Food Trio Paella

Sea Food Trio Paella

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large saucepan or paella pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, the garlic, the peppers, the saffron and the chorizo. Cook for 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft and chorizo is browned.

Stir in the rice, tomatoes and tomato paste until well mixed and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and place the saucepan in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, until rice is fully cooked.

Return the saucepan to the stove top and add the lobster, scallops and shrimp. Steam the seafood for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before plating.

Plate with the chopped parsley and a lemon and a lime wedge.

Notes:

Feeds an army!

The seafood amounts can be adjusted as long as the basic total weight stays close to 2 1/2 lbs.

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