Monday, 24 September 2012

Baked Tilapia with Pesto Crust and Prosciutto Green Bean Bundles

You know that big sister of mine that I am oh so crazy about? The one we are going on holiday with (her husband too) very very soon?! OK, you didn't need to know that part, but I am so excited I just had to mention it! Anyway, I'm pretty sure she's my most faithful reader, and so in honour of that fact I decided to post a recipe that she would just love.

Oh, and another small reason for posting this recipe for her today.... it's her birthday! Happy birthday, little big sis, I love you so very much!

I mentioned in my post about the Turkey Tacos that the holiday countdown is on, and so we've I've been keen to eat a little bit healthier in a bid to minimise the poolside fear. Mr Ellwood doesn't seem to experience this fear, so at the same time I'm trying to cook things that don't leave him staring at his plate in horror. Why, then, I thought serving this would be a good idea I'm not sure, because Mr E doesn't really eat fish... unless it's in the form of fingers or from the local fish and chip shop! Over the years I've tried to 'expand his repertoire', but progress has been slow. Basically we've managed squid (which he actually now seems to be addicted to!) and, um, not much else!

A few months ago, some friends served us Tilapia for lunch and while I was delighted, Mr E looked a little nervous. Somewhat miraculously though, he really enjoyed it! I still need to get that recipe from them actually.... but anyway, I guess the memory of that made me feel a bit brave in taking the gamble and serving this to him.

And guess what? The gamble paid off! He wolfed this down and, much to my delight, announced "I really enjoyed that.... and I don't really eat fish" (as if I wasn't already painfully aware of this fact)! That makes this a success in my book. As for my sister, well she absolutely loves fish and seafood of any shape or form, so there's no hesitation in my mind that she would enjoy this... especially with such a glowing recommendation from Mr E!

Baked Tilapia with a Pesto Crust and Prosciutto Green Bean Bundles
Serves 2

For the Tilapia:
2 Tilapia fillets
3 tblspns pesto, divided
Handful of Semi-dried tomatoes
1/3 cup bread crumbs (1/2 slice bread)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to season
1 tspn lemon zest
Olive oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

For the Green Beans:
20 green beans, topped and tailed
4 slices prosciutto
50g Parmesan cheese, shaved
2 tblspns extra-virgin olive oil
4 tblspns balsamic vinegar
1 tspn lemon zest
Salt & Pepper, to season
1) Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/ 400f/ Gas 4 and brush a casserole dish lightly with olive oil.

2) Combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, and lemon zest.

3) Arrange the tilapia in a single layer in the casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper, and spread 1.5 tablespoons of pesto over each piece of fish. Press the crumb mixture over the pesto. Scatter the tomatoes around the dish (cooking them intensifies their flavour even further- yummy!).

4) Cook until the crust is turning golden-brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 to 12 minutes.

5) While the fish is baking, boil the green beans for 4 minutes then immediately transfer them to ice cold water to stop them cooking any further.

6) Lay out the slices of prosciutto. Add five beans at one end of each piece, sprinkle with some parmesan and then roll it up to the other end, tucking it underneath.

7) Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Serve this on the table for people to drizzle over the green bean bundles to their liking.

By now the fish should be ready and should be served immediately.

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