11/11/19

From my Instagram Story: Tilapia Florentine




I've made this more than a few times in the past year, and I make it the same... and different... every time.  It's just a basic white sauce/alfredo sauce with spinach; poured over tilapia and baked in the oven.  

I thought I had posted this before, but a quick search doesn't reveal it, so maybe I haven't.  However, I do have photos in my files from 3 different times I've made it - so the post will have pictures from different days - which means different pans and even different kinds of tilapia.  Sometimes I use fresh tilapia, other times I've used Parmesan crusted tilapia from the frozen food section of Sam's Club.   

This last time, I had used frozen spinach straight from the freezer that I had simply thrown the entire plastic container of fresh spinach into the deep freeze when it was needing to be used up but I was going out of town.  I just tossed the container into the freezer, took out 2 handfuls to use today and was quite happy to see it worked perfectly!  I didn't know if it would have been too watery, as 'frozen' spinach containers are... nope!  So apparently if you have a large container of fresh spinach leaves, it works to just put the whole container in the deep freezer and pull it out later to use in cooked dishes. 

Note:  Use fresh or frozen tilapia, parmesan encrusted tilapia, catfish or any kind of white fish that you like!  Also feel free to use fresh or frozen spinach.  Also - the amounts are approximate as you are just making a simple sauce.  Use more or less garlic or onion depending on what you like.  If you don't want to use green onions, I suppose some onion powder would work just fine too.  Maybe a 1/2 teaspoon-ish?



Tilapia Florentine

2-3 T butter
1-3 green onions
1-2 t fresh minced garlic
2-3 oz. cream cheese
1 c heavy cream
salt and pepper
thyme
1/2 c Parmesan
1-2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves, or a small box of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
Tilapia - fresh, frozen or even Parmesan Crusted/Seasoned - 3-5 pieces

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the green onion and garlic.  Add the cream cheese and stir, press and heat until it's melting.  Add the cream cheese, season with salt and pepper and about a 1/2 teaspoon thyme.  Add the Parmesan, stir until smooth and add the spinach. 

Lay the fish in a greased baking dish or casserole dish.  Pour the sauce over and bake at 400-425 ish for about 20 minutes.  






 











This is the Pyrex baking dish used in the top photo - available through Amazon;


(The small sized dish holds about 3 pieces of tilapia - in the top photo of this post.)

The lower photos were from a different meal when I used a regular cake pan, lined with foil and fitting about 5 pieces of fish.  The large Pyrex dish in the Amazon link above would hold the 5-6 pieces of fish for a larger meal.





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