Monday, October 15, 2012

CROSTINI: CITRUS-BUTTER TILAPIA with HERBED CREAM CHEESE


Hello, dear Reader! I wish I had better pictures for you of this DELICIOUS concoction I managed to improvise the other night. I made a big ole Italian meal for a friend's visit, and for antipasti we had three kinds of crostini: tilapia with herbed cream cheese, crostini di cavolfiore (puréed cauliflour with herbs and red onion), and bruschetta (tomato, olive oil, basil).

If you're not familiar, crostini are Italian appetizers (antipasti), literally "little toasts." They are small, toasted pieces of bread adorned with various (usually beautiful) toppings. You've certainly heard of bruschetta, a type of crostini that has become popular in the United States and has earned all sorts of versatility and "American-izations" throughout American cuisine.

These crostini are warm, so they'd be wonderful paired with any cold crostini (try bruschetta; ham, olive, and feta; or pear and gorgonzola). Or, you can pair them with another cold Italian appetizer - antipasto freddo - like prosciutto-wrapped melon or asparagus with red wine vinaigrette.


Anyway. Lately I've been trying to work without recipes as often as possible - to make myself learn. But since my friend was visiting just for one dinner, I decided to spare her my experimentation (mostly), and cook from the book. EXCEPT for this tilapia crostini, which were an improvisation. It was particularly daring for me because I don't cook much fish in the first place. Well, who'd have guessed it, dear Reader, but my tilapia crostini were a hit! I was pretty darn excited :)

Because I didn't want to disturb our lovely dinner and time to catch up, I decided not to take any pictures that night. However the next day, I ended up making this again for my husband and I... it was just too good.


Citrus-Butter Tilapia Crostini with Herbed Cream Cheese


INGREDIENTS:

BREAD:
20 or so 1/2-inch slices of a French baguette or bâton (sliced diagonally)
2 garlic cloves, halved
olive oil

TILAPIA:
3 tilapia fillets 
salt and pepper
3 - 4 T citrus-herb butter* 

HERBED CREAM CHEESE:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried marjoram
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

*Someone gave us some delicious gourmet citrus-herb butter as a gift, so I was excited to use it. If you'd rather not buy it, you can also find easy recipes online to make it yourself. 


INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400. Rub one side of each bread slice with the halved garlic cloves. Then lay out on baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Bake for 5 - 8 minutes or until golden brown.

Salt and pepper both sides of tilapia fillets. Add them to a skillet with the butter and heat on medium-high heat. Cook 2 - 3 minutes on each side, only flipping once. (Be sure to coat them well in the butter! Mmm my mouth is watering...)

Place softened cream cheese in saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Continue to heat until mixture is smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. 

Spread (or pipe) herbed cream cheese onto slices of bread. Top with crumbled tilapia. Be generous with both parts!

Enjoy!





14 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Oh, Christina, it really, really was. I'm highly recommending it :)
      Thanks for checking it out!

      Delete
  2. By way of uploading very own purchase, You are investing in buy here method from the owner if you're the back again prospective buyer. You read and accept to the world supply agenda requisites starts advertising in a real truck's pickup truck's windshield or perhaps hook. Scan cost during the past offered will definitely be be more responsive to change so long as you grow you maximal buy total number..

    Of submission those put money on, You are investing in buy all of camisetas de futbol baratas your part Camisetas De Futbol Baratas from owner if you're the calendario de futbol receiving prospective buyer. You read and admit the worldwide delivering diet agreements starts up in a cutting edge windows or simply case. Importance premiums already quotes generally cause to undergo change must enhance you maillot de foot personnalise highest say deal..

    For offering the particular wager, You are investing in Maglie Da Calcio a Poco Prezzo buy this key fact thing from the owner if you are the equipement foot collecting prospective buyer. manuel neuer trikot rot You read and will the world offering regime terms starts up in a totally dfb trikot müller new truck's pickup truck's windshield or sometimes hook. Scan expense before offered are unquestionably foreclosures change inside the take juegos de futbol full advantage of Maglie Calcio Poco Prezzo you maximal tender level.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Over the years there have been many different Michael Kors Outlet Store launched with some being more successful than others. Even the Michael Kors Outlet that did not reach the dizzying heights of success as some of Michael Kors's best sellers were still very, very well made leather handbags. One such Michael Kors Outlet Store Online that became a fashion icon was the Michael Kors Wristlet Sale.
    If you want to get more information,click here!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Bolsos Michael Kors Rebajas está por delante del paquete con el nombre de la firma de EE. UU. En la categoría de accesorios de lujo y ropa deportiva.
    Michael Kors Bolsos son premios codiciados, pero están disponibles en varios lugares.
    Bolsos Michael Kors Outlet comprado en su tienda tiene una garantía limitada de un año.
    Michael Kors Väska är identifierbar i både slankhet och elegans.
    Michael Kors Väska Rea betyder ett oerhört öga för smak såväl som stilighet.
    Michael Kors Väska Rea erbjuder den eleganta kvinnan ett utmärkt tillbehör att sticka ut.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Siempre habrá una razón por la cual podrán comprar Bolsas Michael Kors Precios de los minoristas en línea. Los compradores de hoy que estén interesados en comprar Michael Kors Rebajas podrán descubrir cómo pueden obtener los mejores resultados que siempre quisieron simplemente haciendo ruido con lo mejor de Bolsos Michael Kors Outlet que ofrecen más allá de precios asequibles.

    Dessutom med så många alternativ att välja mellan, har det blivit praktiskt taget omöjligt för köpare att ta reda på hur de kan köpa Designer Michael Kors Väska Rea online utan att behöva investera för mycket pengar eller tid i scouting den lokala marknaden som annars skulle tyckas omöjligt att göra först . En riktig äkta Michael Kors Rea skulle kunna ge dig tillbaka tusentals dollar och det är något som de flesta inte har råd med. Du kan faktiskt köpa Michael Kors Plånbok online.

    Maintenant, la question se pose de savoir si vous pouvez réellement trouver en ligne authentique Longchamp Soldes bon marché qui sont vraiment authentiques et la réponse est oui, vous pouvez! Un des sites les mieux notés et les plus populaires pour localiser le Sac A Main Longchamp en ligne parfait pour votre collection personnelle est eBay. Rappelez-vous, juste parce que vous êtes en mesure de magasiner en ligne Sac À Main Longchamp sur eBay à des prix incroyablement bas ne signifie pas qu'ils sont faux ou de qualité bon marché.

    ReplyDelete

UA-46365231-1