Sweet potatoes are such a great change to the always ever present Russet or baking potatoes. However, I have a hard time passing them as fries in my family, therefore I have to come up with inventive ways to prepare them. Tonight dinner is just that. As I always feel that we do not eat enough vegetables, this was my perfect occasion to add every thing I wanted and had in hand to the dish. The panko and semolina made for a nice outside crust without compromising the fish fillets flavors. If Panko is not in hand, bread crumbs will be a fine substitute. We only had fish and the relish tonight for dinner. Chocolate covered strawberries was the perfect ending.
TIP: Make sure of using a fish spatula to turn the fish. If not one in hand, use a spatula with a large enough base to be able to pick up most of the fish for turning. This will allow the fish not to break in the process.
Tonight’s February 15, 2012 dinner:
Sweet Potatoes Relish with Orange Roughy
Chocolate covered strawberries
SWEET POTATOES RELISH WITH ORANGE ROUGHY
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced on small cubes
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cubed
1 yellow bell pepper, cubed
3 small zucchini, diced
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
4 large pieces of Orange Roughy fillets
Olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter
For the Relish:
In a large frying pan over medium heat sauté with olive oil the sweet potatoes and the chopped onion for 5 minutes.
Add the bell peppers, red and yellow, chicken stock and the zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If a bit dry add more chicken stock. At the least minute add 2 tablespoons of butter to blend.
For the Fish:
Mix panko and the semolina in a plate. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In another plate add some milk. Dip the fillets in the milk and then in the panko-semolina mixture. Press the mixture well on the fish.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted and starting to foam, add the fillets. Do not crowd the pan. Press on the fish and let it cook 3 to 4 minutes before turning over. The bottom needs to look golden brown. Turn the fish over with a fish spatula, and cook the other side for another 2 minutes.
Place the fillets on a plate and pour desired amount of relish over.