Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday's dinner

I made a new fish recipe I found on Epicurious.

We are trying to make it a habit to incorporate more fish into our diet, and this recipe looked very easy to make. And it was! I made a few minor changes to the recipe that I knew would make it tastier. For the purchased pesto I used sun-dried tomato basil (it was red pesto, not your typical green pesto). For the fish I used orange roughy fillets (you could really use any type of fish, I just happen to really like orange roughy- it's not fishy tasting at all). For the veggies I used the suggested asparagus, halved grape tomatoes instead of plum tomatoes, and halved baby portabello mushrooms instead of squash. I also added some coarsely chopped fresh garlic into the packets as well. I served the fish packets with Uncle Ben's wild rice and mushrooms (adding in a chopped, sauteed yellow onion) and a slice of garlic bread. This dinner was excellent and we will definitely make it again.


2/3 cup purchased pesto

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

4 5- to 6-ounce red snapper or orange roughy fillets

16 asparagus spears, each trimmed to 4-inch length

10 ounces plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

2 yellow crookneck squash, thinly sliced on diagonal

Fish and Vegetables with Pesto Baked in Foil Packets Preheat oven to 350°F. Blend pesto, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in small bowl. Arrange four 12x12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil on work surface. Place 1 fish fillet in center of each. Sprinkle fish lightly with salt and pepper. Spread each fillet with 1 tablespoon pesto mixture. Top each fillet with asparagus, tomatoes and squash, then dollop with remaining pesto mixture. Fold sides of foil over fish and vegetables, covering completely; seal packets closed.

Using long spatula, transfer foil packets to large baking sheet. Bake until fish is just opaque in center and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 25 minutes.


  1. This looks delicious! Pouch cooking is so good and so easy. It works really well with salmon and catfish, too.

    Someone (Brian) needs to add a tag for Cooking, so your cooking posts get filed in something other than "Everything Else." Then, when I need a recipe, I can look through that list.

    Another great place for recipe ideas is TasteSpotting ( I've been bookmarking all sorts of good looking stuff (lots of fish and chicken) at my page -

  2. I definitely need to have Brian create a cooking tag since most of my posts will probably be cooking related. I will be checking out your page in the near future. I really wish I could stay home everyday and cook fabulous meals!

  3. Wow, Courtney! It's outstanding that you're posting. That meal looks delicious.

    Lynn, thanks for the link to I have never heard of that.

    RE: your previous post, I love LOL Cats, too. That's a site I go to when I'm having a bad day and it really cheers me up.