Monday, July 14, 2008

Meditterranean Rice and Broiled Tilapia

I originally posted this recipe on my old blog, but decided to move the post and picture over so I could submit it to Jenn's Frugal Foods Series at Frugal Upstate.

When my daughter Jeanne was about 16, she worked in a Lebanese cafe that served this rice with every dinner. She was able to get the recipe from them and I reduced the amounts to a workable family size. It's a great side dish with just about any meat.

The tilapia recipe is more of a non-recipe, but I've included the directions below.

Mediterranean Rice

1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup vermicelli or broken angel hair pasta
1 cups converted (parboiled) rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoons chicken base (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes)
1 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Brown vermicelli in butter. Add rice and saute until aroma is nutty. Add remaining ingredients; stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Broiled Tilapia

Italian-seasoned bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs
Dried thyme leaves
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Olive oil or melted butter
Tilapia fillets (1 per person)

Heat broiler.Season the bread crumbs with thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.Spray a baking dish or shallow pan with non-stick pan spray. Brush one side of fish fillets with olive oil or melted butter and press buttered side into seasoned crumbs. Lay un-coated side down in baking dish or pan.Place fish under broiler and broil until fish flakes easily and crumb coating is beginning to brown.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I Love Tilapia!!! I Will try this!! Sounds Really good!!! Night sugar!!hughugs