September 9, 2010

fish, hush puppies & pound cake

figured i'd share this YUMMY tilapia recipe that i grabbed from my 300 calorie cook book :)

1 lb tilapia [or other while fish]
1/2c - graham cracker crumbs (about 8 squares)
1 tsp - grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp - salt
1/8 tsp - pepper
1/4c - skim milk
2 tbsp - olive oil
2 tbsp - chopped toasted pecans*

heat oven to 500degrees.
cut fish crosswise into 2-in-wide pieces.
[i seasoned mine with sea salt and pepper]
in dish, mix cracker crumbs, lemon peel, salt and pepper.

place milk in bowl. dip fish into milk, then coat with cracker mixture. place in/on ungreased pan. drizzle oil over fish and sprinkle with toasted pecans. bake about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. voila!

*note: to toast pecans, bake in 350degree oven for 6-10min, stirring occasionally OR cook in ungreased skilled over medium heat for 5-7, stirring frequently until brown.

to go along with this YUMMMMMY fish - i also made some hush puppies! NOM!!! these were fairly easy and i actually just halved my recipe since it was just us eating!
1c - cornmeal
1/4c - flour
2 tsp - sugar
3/4 tsp - baking power
1/4 tsp - baking soda
1/4 tsp - salt
1 egg - beaten
1/2c buttermilk/sour milk*
1/4c - sliced green onions

mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. make a well in the center and set aside.

in another bowl - mix eggs, milk and green onions.

add to well in flour mix and stir until just moistened, it will be lumpy.

drop by the tablespoon into the deep fryer [oil heated to 375degrees] and fry until brown, about 3 minutes.

*NOTE: to make sour/buttermilk - put 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar into a dish. add enough milk to make 1cup total - stir - let stand about 5 minutes before using.

&& for dessert, i made my dads 5-flavored pound cake. it had been quite a while since i've made it and even though i'm in desperate need of a new cake pan, i decided to make it anyway! and it was gooooooooooooooooooood! i'm not going to give this recipe away entirely UNLESS dad gives me permission OR you can GUESS the 5 flavors on your own. i suppose you could choose ANY five flavors to make this your own, but i've found that dad's way is perrrrfecto so if you can correctly guess the flavors - i'll let you know if you're right! ;]
[hey, don't judge .. it took me a long time to get this recipe - it should be the same for you! ehhehe]

2 sticks of butter, soft
1/2c - shortening
3c - sugar
3c - flour
1/2 tsp - baking powder
5 eggs
1c - milk
1tsp - five flavors ;]

cream butter, shortening & sugar until light and fluffy.

add eggs [which have already been beaten] until mix becomes a lemon color.

in seperate bowl combine flour and baking powder. add to cream mix, alternating with milk until creamy. then add your flavoring.[can anyone guess my flavors yet?!]
pour mix into greased and floured tubed pan and bake @ 325 for 1 and 1/2 hrs [more or less depending on oven. it will be done when inserted knife comes out clean]

if you want to eat it the true sumner way ... spread a little peanut butter on top! ;]


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