Wednesday, June 3, 2009

White Chocolate Macadamia Crusted Tilapia

Since I have some tilapia filets to use up I was checking out my past recipes that I have marked as definitely make again! This recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Crusted Tilapia had five stars... If you're a fan of Top Chef, you may remember this as a winning recipe which Red Lobster adapted and had on their menu a few years ago.

The Macadamia Crust mixture could be used on a variety of fish or chicken... my oldest son thought this was completely over the top! As you can see by the photo, in addition of putting the white chocolate mixture on the bottom, then plating the tilapia..I put it ALL OVER!!! ( Even on the baked potato) Trust me, there IS tilapia under all that sauce!! You do not get an overwhelming taste of chocolate, it's the infusion of all the ingredients of the sauce that makes it so velvety, smooth and utterly delicious. One word of caution, add the lemon juice slowly and taste as you go, the last thing you want is the lemon flavor to completely overtake the other ingredients.

Now to my garden... I have been filling my containers and the quantity seems to have grown some since last year! On the website Garden Buddies there is a gal from NH, Deanne, that does spectacular things with container gardening. She has been a pure inspiration on what I want to achieve with my containers. One of the favorite containers I make every year is Saturn grows so fast and gets huge! I'll keep you posted on the it is just starting out.... the smaller coleus is Versa Crimson Gold which I just put in for contrast.


Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Barb, it's nice to know that I can have my meal and dessert all in one bite! I am moving this recipe to the tippy top of my list to try.

I also love container gardening, and can't wait to more of your creations!

Marsha said...

I can't wait to see more containers too! Thanks for reminding me of all of Deanne's wonderful creations, I'll have to pop over there for a look.

I was going to say something about not being able to imagine what white choc would taste like on fish when I read Debbie's comment about having dinner & dessert in one bite and I'm still laughing. It does sound pretty intriguing though so I'm game to try it - sounds like it will be a winner!

Cynthia said...

Barb, what an adventurous cook you are ... We watch Top Chef but somehow I don't remember that sauce. I think being open-minded about trying such unusual ingredients is helpful. Could you still taste the tilapia?

Love coleus and yours looks lovely ... Around here it needs to be frequently cut back or becomes long and leggy. Definitely not a good look for coleus.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I have to admit, I can't imagine white chocolate on fish but if you and Top Chef say it's good then it must be! Funny, DH was just asking about having tilapia too :)

Joyce said...

Hum? That is some strange combo but if you say it is delicious I will have to try it out the next time I buy fish. I love to play with recipes an this sounds like fun and one my cooking group would like to taste. thanks for sharing.

Kathleen said...

I don't know Barb, something sounds fishy to me..:)
I don't do fish, but I'll eat the rest!!!

Foley said...

Be adventureous gals!! You don't really get the taste of chocolate - I think it is in the recipe mainly for the creamy texture. TRUST ME - you won't know there is chocolate in the recipe!!

Dishesdone said...

Interesting recipe, Barb, it looks really good! hey there's chocolate in chili sometimes, so chocolate with fish would be good!