Sunday, June 10 –
Let me start this off by saying that usually I’m not a big fan of tilapia. This recipe, however, was an incredible way to serve it. I would definitely make it again, should I randomly have tilapia in my fridge. I suppose I could even make it with other kinds of white fish and be just as happy with it. There were only four of us for dinner this time, with Bestie Extraordinaire and Mistress Whiskey making raspberry and mango mojitos to share.
I started by making guacamole to serve as an appetizer and setting it on the table for people to snack while I was cooking. Then I moved on to getting the rice cooking on the stove with the chicken broth as the liquid. While that simmered I started on the marinade for the fish. Once the fish was soaking in the marinade in the fridge I started on the rice pudding. After I got all of the ingredients into the rice pudding and it was starting to simmer, I moved onto getting the rice and beans mixed together and spread out in a baking dish. On top went the fish, the marinade, and the sliced limes. Simple, straight forward, and easy to follow instructions for both of the recipes this week. As the fish baked in the oven I kept an eye on the rice pudding, stirring every few minutes to make sure it wasn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan.
The fish came out of the oven juicy and easily flaked with a fork. The rice mixture was bubbling and very hot. The flavor of the marinade soaked into the fish so that it was gently flavored but not overwhelmingly so. The pineapple, beans, rice, and salsa mix was genius and I will definitely be making it again!
The rice pudding cooked the whole time we were eating (I got up to stir it a couple of times). And I served it warm, right out of the pot just like my mom used to do when she made this type of dessert. I know the recipe says to serve it at room temp or cold, but if you want to try something decadent and filling, serve it warm.
This dinner gets a gold star for both recipes!
(recipes borrowed from the cooks at: www.foodnetwork.com and www.guiascostarica.com)
Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 (5 to 7-ounce) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
- 2 cups jarred or homemade tomato salsa
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
Directions: Combine the rice and chicken broth in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid, about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, oil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the garlic, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add the tilapia fillets to the marinade, turning to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
Stir together the cooked rice, salsa, beans, pineapple, and remaining 2 tablespoons of the cilantro in a 2 or 3-quart baking dish. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, reserve the marinade, and lay the fish fillets over the rice mixture, overlapping if necessary. Pour the reserved marinade over the fish. Shingle the lime slices over the fish. Bake until the fish flakes easily, is opaque, and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving
- 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup of uncooked rice
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 sticks of cinnamon cracked
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- 6 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation: First, in a large cooking pot, add the water, 4 cups of milk, uncooked rice, cinnamon, evaporated milk, vanilla and nutmeg. Once on the stove, bring the liquid to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes. Then, add the sweetened condensed milk. Add a little water to the milk can and empty its contents into the pot, by this time the liquid should be simmering, on low heat. The milk should just barely simmer, with bubbles breaking only the outside edge of the surface. As the liquid begins to reduce, add the remaining milk in small increments as you continue to stir. As you add the milk stir the mixture so that it cooks evenly. Continue to stir intermittently, until the liquid has become a gooy paste. Then add raisins and cook for an additional 10 minutes on. Total cooking time 1:15 minutes. Serve chilled or room temperature.