Typically, you won't ever hear me talking about religion. It's one of those things that I try to respect, and by that I mean all religions. Whether you're Catholic, Protestant, Wiccan, Muslim, whatever...I'm going to go all Aretha Franklin on you and say I have R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Anyway, I am Roman Catholic. I'm not the best Catholic out there, not by a long shot, but it's Lent. And I find it to be a personal challenge to try to adhere to no meat on Fridays, and to either give up something for these 40 days or do something positive daily. One year, instead of giving something up, I decided to be grateful for something every day. That was a good one. Whether it was someone holding a door for me, being able to walk, getting some sunshine...anyway.
I'm not terribly keen on all types of fish. I've expanded my horizons - I like mahi mahi, cod, tilapia, sole, and I luuuuuuurve shellfish. However, Matt can't really have shellfish so that's out here on Fridays. I haven't tried a salmon recipe I've liked, it's too fishy. If you have a good, easy salmon recipe that well, covers up the salmon taste, I'm all ears!
In case any of you out there are sometimes wondering about a new way to prepare fish, I'm happy to share a few of mine. Along the way, I'll share some other yummy recipes (fish and non-fish) here and there.
Today, it's all about the French Fish. Or, the "Fraaaauncch Feeeeesh." That's me, attempting a French accent. I'm not very good at it. Sorry.
This is my mom's recipe. Or her mom's recipe. I'm not really sure where it came from. But it's good.
What would this post be without pictures of the before and after?
Before I begin, I have to introduce you to my kitchen gurus. They are my advisors over all things culinary.
Yes, it's Hoops and Yoyo!
First, you take some fillets of whatever fish you choose. Here, I took Tilapia, because it was cheap. The rest of the ingredients are also in the picture below.
I really should get some sea salt instead. But I have to use up the regular salt first.
Take 1/2 c of French Dressing, 1/4 c lemon juice (I usually do more dressing and less lemon) and toss some salt in there. I can't remember how much, so I just chuck some in. Mix those ingredients in a bowl, pour on fish.
Look, it's like a smelly traffic cone! Or pumpkin, or....well, whatever's orange. It looks a little scary. Fear not, it's good.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, depending on the fish. Take it out of the oven and....
I forgot the best part!
Yes, the French Fried Onions. Hoops and Yoyo are doing some weird tantric yoga thing, they're so excited over this. It's really what makes the recipe. Otherwise it would just be neon orange fish. It's a good thing I have my advisors up there.
Anyway, sprinkle (or dump a lot, like I do) of the French Fried Onions over the fish, and pop back into the oven for another 5 minutes. What comes out is a delicious, crispy, delectable dinner, and so easy too!
Here's the finished product.
Aren't my plates pretty?
It should be noted that I usually serve waaaay more veggies than that, but we needed to go grocery shopping the next day and were using up what we had. And that was Matt's plate. That glob of pasta over there is larger than my head.
This was last Friday. Tonight, it's tortellini. Buitoni tortellini. With sauce from a jar. And lots of wine. Not in the tortellini. Mmmm, I do love lazy Fridays.
And what did I give up this year, you ask? Good question. How about...shopping for myself! Oooh yes, that's a good one, because it's true! I've shopped for the horses, cats, etc., but not for me. I'm sticking with that one.