Something to keep you busy for now

Yes, I know it is Tuesdays With Dorie Day, for Double Crusted Blueberry Pie. It's coming. The dough is chilling in the fridge with plans to make pie this afternoon with my oldest son. It is supposed to thunderstorm this afternoon, and rain, rain, rain, so we needed a plan.

But in the meantime, here are some recipes to keep you busy, maybe even give you dinner. Sorry about the picture, I didn't notice that big bright spot when taking the picture and it is too late to go back and retake it (since it has been eaten already.) On the menu, Tilapia fingers with hot cheese dip and veggies.

Tilapia Fingers (everything is approximate for this)

3 good sized fillets, cut into 4 "fingers" each
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
vegetable oil for frying

Set up a breading station, with the flour, mixed with the chili powder in one bowl, the egg and water in one bowl, and the corn flakes mixed with the cheese, salt and pepper in the last bowl.

Heat a high sides pan to medium high with the oil in it. You want enough to cover the bottom of the pan, but not too high.

Dip the tilapia fingers, one at a time, in the flour, shaking loose any excess, before dipping into the egg and then finally the seasoned cereal mix. Carefully place the finger in the hot oil and brown on all sides before removing to a paper lined plate. Repeat until all the fingers are done.

Hot Cheese Dip
makes enough for 6 individual portions

1 250g tub of light cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used medium cheddar)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chives, snipped
3 spring onions, both the green and the white, chopped

An assortment of cut veggies and good bread.

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Scoop the mixture into six individual oven safe dishes. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Carefully place one ramekin on each plate with an assortment of the veggies, chunks of bread, and a few Tilapia fingers (which can also be dipped in the cheese, if you want.)


Anonymous said...

HEY! I've got everything for that hot cheese dip in the house! Meaning I can make that for company that is coming over tomorrow night and not have to break "The Pantry Plan"!

I can't wait to try it out.

How's Marvin doing?

Dolores said...

Oooh... our fire-ravaged California could use a little of the rain you're getting. What perfect weather for pie baking. Can't wait to see it.