It’s another month for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. For those of you who do not know about it, it is headed by Jutta of Hungry Little Girl blog and she selects two ingredients not normally found together then we all have to come up with a unique dish using both. February was a real brain teaser. This month’s crazy ingredient challenge was just that, a challenge. The picks? Strawberries and Mustard. Now, my brain was flying all over the map on this one. Do I create a dessert? A crepe? I mean, what the heck?!!? After telling Hubby was the challenge was he said “well good luck with THAT.” Yep, luck was what I needed.
My final decision came when I was meal planning for the week. I purchased a big package of fresh tilapia at Costco and needed to use some. Tilapia is a mild white flaky fish that does not necessarily have a “flavor” of it’s own, rather it picks up flavors from what it’s cooked with. So with a batch of strawberries, two types of mustard and some imagination, I was off to the kitchen.
Baked Tilapia with a Mustard Strawberry Sauce
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 20 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
- 1/2lb fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Evan Williams whiskey
- 3 tilapia filets
- bread crumbs
- Colman's Powdered mustard
- McCormick's Garlic Pepper Griner
- 1 Large egg (beaten)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup Beaver Valley Honey Mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Add crushed red pepper if you want some extra kick
Hubby’s initial response to the recipe idea was one of skepticism. But, after I let him taste test the strawberries, he was on board. This recipe turned out to be so simple to make. Just soak the strawberries in the mix for an hour, then bake the fish for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness of the fish) and voila…. An easy weeknight dinner that came together well with a wide variety of flavor and texture. This fish is a big winner and the strawberry and mustard combo turned out unique and delicious. Wow. And, hubby put it on his “you must make this again” list.
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