And now for a short reprieve from baked goods (but not too long, don't worry!). With all this baking for Christmas going on I am definitely not making as many new dinners as I normally do, but we gotta eat sometime, right?
This is an old favorite - super easy for a rushed weeknight, yet nice enough for a casual dinner with friends as well. It basically consists of making a paste of butter and cheese (and seriously, how can you go wrong with that) and spreading it on broiled fish.
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil (I add parsley too)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder (or minced onion)
1/8 teaspoon celery salt (or garlic salt)
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
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.
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.
...and after. Yum!