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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Semi Recipe review-Semi Recipe Reveal: Broccoli & Spinach Stuffed Tilapia

Hello Readers,

How's it going for everyone?  It's going pretty good over here today, I got almost all of my laundry folded, (seems like it's not a big deal, but it is), I got a lot of good reading done, phone calls made, my parents came over, I got to shower, and I sort of developed a new recipe.  What does that mean, sort of developed a new recipe?  Also, what does this post's title mean?  Well let me tell you.
I originally planned to follow a recipe I found on Pinterest called Broccoli Stuffed Sole found here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/32088216065953960/ But I had planned on using tilapia, because it's what I have, and I like it.  Well as you can see in the ingredients list, it calls for stuffing mix, and I didn't have any, it also only calls for broccoli, and I just didn't want to use broccoli, so I didn't.  I do what I wish.  So here's what I did.

I had 4 tilapia fillets thawed and dried, and I put them in a greased baking dish.  In a mixing bowl I put 3/4 cup cooked jasmine rice, some shredded Parm (I didn't measure it, just poured till it looked good, 8 oz low fat cream cheese, a pack of Green Giant frozen spinach microwaved, and drained, some broccoli (didn't measure) that I cooked and chopped, an egg, garlic powder, onion flakes and chives, none of those were measured, naturally.  So I mixed up all this stuff and went to put it in the fish...I put it on the wrong spot at first, let me explain...

See with tilapia, well the tilapia I have anyway it isn't shaped perfectly, it has one side that isn't as wide as the other, and the wider spot is split, look it up if I'm confusing you, I just didn't take a picture of it and I don't want to use someone else's picture!  So what I did at first was put it on the wider, but split part because I thought it made more sense, yeah, it didn't, oozed out, so even though it doesn't make sense, put it on the smaller side first, then roll it up, secure with two, or three toothpicks, then stuff the sides with more filling.  Trust me, you want to use this stuffing.  Just as a note though, I have a TON of filling leftover, probably enough for 2-4 more fillets, so have a plan to use the rest of it, or just use less stuff.

So I first baked this at 350 for 20 minutes, checked it, put it on for another 10, then 7, then 5, then 4, then turned off the heat and let it sit in there.  My oven is weird, so that's why I kept checking it, because my oven is not trustworthy.  I baked until it was flakey when a fork was twisted on the fish, and I served it with rice, and cresents.  Would you like to see a picture?  It's pretty good quality, compared to what you're used to, my husband got a new phone!

Broccoli & Spinach Stuffed Tilapia
My husband is addicted to hot sauce, see it on the rice?  He wanted to help make the plate look pretty, he's better at details than I am, and I'm just always so excited to eat, I almost always forget to take a picture!  So this is a recipe that I would consider medium difficulty, just because the rolling technique is pretty difficult, and it has a lot of different things to it, but it is doable, and bakes pretty quickly.  It may not be a quick week night dinner when you're in a hurry, in fact, I would consider serving this for people at a dinner party, if I ever had one of those, you never know, I may be fancy someday!  Also, for tastiness, this is something I would say was SUPER tasty!  The only thing I would have done differently is flavor the fish itself, I forgot to do it!!  I would probably put some salt and maybe cayenne and garlic powder, yum!

I hope you give this a try, I really enjoyed it, and I think you will too!

Go stuff something!

Meg

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