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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fish Fridays: Celebrating Lent with Baked Tilapia with Shrimp from Olive Garden {Recipe}

Those who are observing Lent and abstaining from meat may be struggling to come up with dinner options for their families. This Baked Tilapia with Shrimp recipe from one of our family's favorite restaurants, Olive Garden, is perfect to conclude Lent or for any night your family is craving seafood. Serve it with your favorite vegetables. 

For a lighter version of this recipe, try Olive Garden’s new Baked Tilapia with Shrimp at only 340 calories!

Baked Tilapia with Shrimp Recipe
(Serves four)

4                     Tilapia filets
1.5 – 2 lbs.        Medium, unpeeled, deveined shrimp
1 tbsp              Butter   
1 tsp                Garlic, chopped
1 tbsp              Onion, finely chopped
1 cup               White Wine               
1 cup               Heavy Cream             
1 stick (4oz)      Butter, cubed        
1 tbsp.             Parsley, chopped
Pinch               Salt      
Pinch               Pepper                       

Make the butter wine sauce. (Yields 2 cups/4 portions of 4 fl. oz.) 
Melt 1 tbsp. of butter, chopped garlic and finely chopped onion in pot for 3 minutes.  Stir with rubber spatula.  No browning.
Add white wine and heavy cream. Simmer gently until volume reduces by half.  About 1 cup.

Turn off fire.

Add cubed pieces of butter.  Stir until butter, wine and cream are combined.  Sauce should have a slightly thick consistency.

Finish with salt, pepper and chopped parsley.

* Important: A fresh butter sauce must be served after being made. This sauce will not chill and reheat. When adding the butter to the reduction, the temperature of the sauce cannot exceed 150 degrees.

Rinse the tilapia filets and shrimp under cold water and place in a baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. (Filets’ internal temp should be 145 degrees.)

For plating, place the shrimp on top of the filet and top with the hot butter wine sauce. Serve with your favorite vegetable on the side.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Eats: Cheesy Corn Bake from 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House {Recipe}

For our family, Easter lunch/dinner looks a lot like a lighter version of Thanksgiving: a big piece of meat with all the same kind of fixings like mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, we'll you get the picture.

So to change it up for this year, we opted for BBQ. Good ole barbecue. While Dallas-Fort Worth has tons of amazing places to enjoy BBQ cooking at its best, the hubs wants to make it himself. However, I'm in charge of the fixings. And it's just not BBQ if I can't get at least a few bites of this Cheesy Corn Bake from 3 Stacks Smoke House in Frisco. There's just something about this golden goodness that screams "I need to eat this NOW." 

Perhaps it's the cream corn. 
Perhaps it's the cornbread mix. 
Perhaps it's that one stick of butter and cheese. 
Whatever it is, it's good. 

And while Trace “The Rib Whisperer” Arnold of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House isn't giving out all his secrets for tasty BBQ, he did share this recipe and his tips to make it perfect. And now I'm sharing it with you! 

Trace “The Rib Whisperer” Arnold of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House

1 can of undrained whole kernel corn
1 can of cream corn
8 oz. of sour cream
2 well beaten eggs
1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
1 stick of melted butter (not too hot, avoid clarifying the butter)
1/2 cup finely diced fresh jalapeƱo peppers

Place mixture in a well-oiled 9x13 pan and bake for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

  • Top with fresh grated cheddar or blended cheese.
  • Substitute jalapeƱos for green chilies. Cayenne pepper is also a great substitution for heat.
  • Add red bell pepper for a holiday flair.
  • Add brown Panco bread crumbs and top for a crunchy texture.
  • Light sour cream will reduce calories.
  • Cream cheese can be substituted for sour for a richer blend.
  • Fresh corn can be used in place of canned.
  • Plain yellow cornbread mix can replace Jiffy if you want to eliminate the sweet flavor of the Jiffy.
After this, you might be making this Easter side at Memorial Day, July 4th and Thanksgiving, too! Plus if you get a chance to visit 3 Stacks, I highly suggest you also try the fried dill pickle cheese fries - they'll make every day better! 

Hoppy Easter!