Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia and Potatoes

This is a simple dish that my parents often make.  It is very tasty, but healthy as well.  This is influenced by the way seafood is prepared in Dalmatia (Croatian coastal region) that has a Mediterranean climate and the cuisine is based on seafood, garlic and olive oil (my favorite!).  In this recipe, tilapia fillets are baked with sliced potatoes, olive oil, garlic and parsley and this is usually served with a simple lettuce salad seasoned with vinegar, olive oil and salt.

- 5 tilapia fillets
- 8 potatoes, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- olive oil to taste
- about 1-2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
Vegeta to taste (optional)

- Peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 - 1/8 inch thick circles like seen in the photos
- Use a slice of potato to spread olive oil at the bottom of glass baking dish
- Put a layer a potato slices to cover the bottom of the baking dish and add some salt and pepper on top
- Place the tilapia fillets over the potatoes
- Pour some olive oil over the tilapia fillets, then evenly distribute minced garlic, chopped parsley, bay leaf, Vegeta, salt and pepper on top

- Finally put the top layer of sliced potatoes to cover everything and add more olive oil, salt, pepper and Vegeta on top if you wish

- Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 F for about 30-40 minutes
- Take aluminum foil off and keep baking for another 10-15 minutes or until top layer of potatoes gets a gold color

- Serve with simple lettuce salad seasoned with olive oil, vinegar and salt and with a glass of your favorite wine


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