Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tropical Salsa Topped Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi

We bought some flash frozen Mahi Mahi at the market last week, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. When we were in Hawaii, I had coconut crusted Mahi Mahi and it came with a side of tropical salsa. Dinner? Check.

This was really light and refreshing. I drizzled some of the liquid from the salsa over the fish. Perfection! For the fish, I based it off this recipe with a few minor changes.


    12 oz Mahi Mahi
    1 cup finely chopped coconut
    2 eggs
    .5 cup whole wheat flour
    Salt, Pepper, Cayeen Pepper (To taste)


Preheat Oven to 375
Spray a baking Sheet with Pam
Cut Mahi Mahi into 4 equal serving pieces (3 oz. each)
In a bowl or plastic bag, Mix Flour, salt and both peppers until evenly blended.
In bowl, lightly mix 2 eggs
Place chopped Coconut on a paper plate
Dredge fish in flour mixture to cover.
Dip Fish in Egg and then the coconut to cover (may need to press down a bit)
Place on Baking Sheet and spry tops lightly with more PAM. Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork and coc0nut is golden

*I pan fried the filets in about 1 tbsp canola oil for 60 seconds a side first, then put the whole pan in the oven for 8 minutes.

For the Tropical Salsa, I used this recipe. Just mix the following ingredients.


  • 1/4 of a fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 3/4 cup minced cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt (I cut this in half)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Steak Salad with Bacon, Crispy Potatoes, and Blue Cheese Dressing

Wow. OK, even if you just make the dressing to use on whatever you choose, do it! I used a good Roquefort, and it was Mmm Mmm unbelievable if you like Blue Cheese Dressing.


  • 4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I used turkey bacon)
  • 8 ounces Yukon gold or fingerling potatoes cut into 1/2 inch wedges
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
  • 3 ounces blue cheese (such as Stilton or Roquefort), crumbled (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces (about 8 cups)


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add the potatoes to the bacon drippings, season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a second large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, scallion, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide the lettuce among plates, top with the steak, bacon, and potatoes, and drizzle with the dressing.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Broiled Cheesy Tomatoes and Basil Spaghetti

I saw the broiled tomato and basil spaghetti recipe in a Real Simple magazine, but knew I needed to chicken it up. So I used a Parmesan Crusted Chicken to make a lighter version of Chicken Parmigiana. Ahh...maaaa.....gosh! Delish!!!

Parm Crusted Chicken:

Serves 4

4 large chicken breasts
3 eggs, beaten (I used egg whites as I had used the yolks to make mayonnaise)
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 cup finely grated Pecorino cheese (or Parmesan)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
fresh lemon to serve

  1. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of cling-wrap and thin out with a rolling pin or mallet.
  3. Combine the breadcrumbs with the cheese, salt and paprika. Place this in a shallow, wide bowl.
  4. Place the beaten eggs in a similar bowl (big enough to dunk the chicken into).
  5. To coat the chicken, dunk it first into the egg mixture and then place into the crumbs, coating the chicken well and patting down the crumbs.
  6. Place the chicken in the frying pan and allow to fry for 2 minutes per side until the crumbs are crispy and the chicken is cooked through but still moist.
  7. Serve hot with fresh lemon.

Broiled Cheesy Tomatoes over Basil Spaghetti:


  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more, shaved for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving


  1. Heat broiler. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet. Season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic oil, basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve topped with the tomatoes, additional basil, and shaved Parmesan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Zucchini Salad

I was a little apprehensive about zucchini. I've never really been a fan unless it's in zucchini bread, and we all know that bread's flavor has nothing to do with the zucchini. But the tag line under the photo is "not a fan of raw zucchini? This sure to make you a convert." Done. Let's give it a try.

1 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (3 oz)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp small dill sprigs
Lemon zest, plus 1 tbsp +1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Toss together zucchini, cheese, oil, dill and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
Source: Martha Stewart Living August 2011

Turkey-Corn Salad with Pan Dripping Dressing

So here is where you need the pan drippings from the previously posted turkey breast. This was also in the Martha Stewart Living August edition. This is a seriously light and healthy salad. So much so that I really should have had some bread with it. But if you are on a diet, by all means, scarf down a huge portion of this, because you can't go wrong!

1-2 cups shredded or sliced turkey from Roast Turkey Breast
1.5 cups corn kernels (3-4 ears) *We grill ours in tin foil on medium for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes
1 tomato, chopped and drained
1 small jalapeno chile, thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice (2 limes)
1 small head Bibb lettuce, torn into pieces
3 tbsp fresh cilantro

1. Toss turkey with corn, tomato, jalapeno and onion.
2. Whisk together reserved pan drippings and lime juice. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss to coat. Toss in lettuce and cilantro.

The Perfect Roast Turkey Breast

I don't make turkey nearly as much as I should. Finding this recipe in Martha Stewart Living will definitely change that. It calls for a whole turkey breast, skin on, bone in, but my meat market only had 5-6lb birds, so I bought half of one. It was perfect. We ate it sliced the first night and made it into a salad the next, recipe to follow!

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1.5 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp freshly ground white pepper (I used black)
1 bone in, skin on turkey breast (about 2.5 lbs)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together oil, salt and pepper; brush over turkey.

Roast turkey on a rimmed baking sheet until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reaches 140 degrees and climbing, about 30 minutes. Let rest at least 15 minutes. Slice turkey as needed. (Reserve pan drippings for gravy, or my next recipe)

*I roasted my turkey for about 35 minutes and it climbed nicely to 160 degrees in 15 minutes.
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