Wednesday, February 20

Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sandwiches with Lime Butter

Here fishy, fishy, fishy. My hubby used to have a hat that said that. It was lost in one our moves while we were in the navy. Speaking of fish though, I have a fun fish sandwich recipe for you to try. Fish, white fish, in specific has been a part of our weekly rotation for over a month now. It is a nice change. I had gotten out of the habit since moving away from the coast of Southern California almost a year ago now. It was so much easier when it was local, and warm all the time (hahaha). You don't realize what you have, until its gone. Oh well. At least I have this crunchy, flavorful sandwich to console me. The real great thing about this dish is that you can make in approx 15 minutes - a weeknight happy meal. This is something you can throw together instead of doing a drive thru, that after having a few bites, you realize has messed up your order, or really just doesn't taste all that great. This healthier than drive thru twist will make your taste buds rejoice. Personally I thought this was brilliant. I love compound butters. I suspect this lime butter would be awesome over grilled corn in the summer time. 

This recipe is from a cooking light magazine and the original can be found here
Serving size: 1 Sandwich. Recipe makes 4 servings. 

The recipe: 

3 Tb yellow cornmeal
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
1/4 tsp heaping chipotle chile powder
4 (4-6 oz each) tilapia fillets
cooking spray or foil and butter (whatever your go to is for non stick)
2 Tbs butter, softened
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp grated lime peel
toppings for the sandwich: cheese, tomato, lettuce
bread: 4 french bread rolls

1. Preheat the broiler

2. Combine all the seasonings and cornmeal in a shallow dish

3. Pat the fish dry and then coat each one in the seasoned cornmeal

4. Use the cooking spray to prevent sticking on a broiler pan or baking sheet. I used foil, and a cooling rack over a baking sheet to help the air circulate and create that crunchy crust. 

5. Broil for approx 10 minutes for until the fish flakes easily with a fork

6. While the fish is cooking, set the table, whip up a side dish such as a salad or fresh fruit, or grapes (like the picture in the magazine), and combine the butter, lime peel, and lime juice in a small bowl. If you have more time this would be great with fries, onion rings, or sweet potato fries.

7. Serve the fish sandwiches with the rolls and let each person top their french bread buns with the lime butter. 

8. Serve immediately and enjoy

In conclusion, here is a good easy fun recipe for weeknights when you look at the clock and wonder if it is better to eat out or attempt to eat at home. no reservations or fast food restaurants are needed when you can do dinner in 15 minutes!! 

Even though the 15 minute promise seems a bit fishy, 
that i am telling a tall tale or a fish story, do try it. 
 From my kitchen to yours

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