Friday, February 22, 2013

Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Cilantro Lime Mayo and Fresh Mango Salsa

Right when we thought it was getting warmer, here comes another dump of snow! Somewhat ironic that the very same day we started our tropical sale at work. I love any food that makes me feel like I'm on a vacation. To help the customers get a taste of paradise, I prepared a blackened tilapia sandwich with fresh mango salsa and Hawaiian pulled pork with fresh pineapple salsa and coconut rice. Enjoy!

                                                  

Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Cilantro Lime Mayo and Fresh Mango Salsa

Serves 4

1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon ground thyme
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cooking spray
4 (5 oz.) fresh tilapia filets
4 whole wheat bakery buns, split
Cilantro lime mayo, see below
Fresh mango salsa, see below

Method:
1. Combine all dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Spray each tilapia filet with cooking spray then rub with the seasoning mixture.

3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Coat the pan with a small amount of olive oil and add the seasoned tilapia. Cook 3-4 minutes per side (or until it flakes easily). Transfer to a platter. Repeat the process until all the filets are cooked.

Cilantro Lime Mayo

1 cup light mayo
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.



Fresh Mango Salsa

2 fresh mangoes, diced (or 1/2 bag of frozen mango chunks, thawed)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste




To assemble the sandwich:

Smear each bun with the cilantro lime mayo. Top with blackened tilapia and fresh mango salsa and serve!


Hawaiian Pulled Pork with Fresh Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice

Serves 6-8

Hawaiian Pulled Pork

4 lb. pork shoulder (or pork butt)
1 (16 oz.) can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
2 tsp liquid smoke
Salt and pepper

Method:
1. Season pork with salt and pepper and place fat side down in a slow cooker.

2. Pour pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce and liquid smoke over the top.

3. Cook on LOW for 6-10 hours. Remove pork from the cooker onto a large platter and shred with 2 forks. Once shredded, return meat to the slow cooker and keep warm.


Fresh Pineapple Salsa

1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
1 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeƱo, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Adjust seasonings as needed. Keep at room temperature.



Coconut Rice

2 cups basmati rice
2 cups canned coconut milk (full fat, not light)
1 3/4 cups water
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.



To serve, top rice with pulled pork, fresh salsa and toasted coconut (optional).




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