One of the challenges I face as a homemaker is preparing the weekly menu for my family. While I rotate my family’s favorite dishes every now and then, I try to come up with new dishes that hopefully they would enjoy. Currently I am at a stage where I need not to worry much about what they want as my children are still too young to request for a TexMex night of tacos & burritos or an All-American night of burgers, fries and pizza. I figured I should enjoy this for I only have a few more years when they’d appeal for hor d’oeuvre, bone marrow steak or other tedious meals.’Til then, I’m just sticking to recipes I’ve mastered.
So here’s another easy peasy recipe that mommas & even poppas (tama ba, pops? popsicle? haha) can do under 30 minutes. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook and just 5 ingredients you have in your kitchen.
I’m slowly starting to appreciate our oven despite it being manual. This means I have to take a peek every now and then to see if the temperature’s right. Lately, I’ve been into the whole baking, roasting, grilling and steaming thing. Maybe because I’ve been trying oh so hard to eat healthier and be more conscious when it comes tocooking & preparing healthier or at least better alternatives to the usual processed food.
3-4 pieces of fish fillet (dory or salmon usually, but if you only have milk fish, this will also do)
1-2 tablespoons toasted garlic (if you don’t have one, you can just use fresh garlic and toast it on a pan with oil until it turns brown, crunchy & crispy)
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (parmesan cheese will also do but I if you want it oozing, mozzarella is the cheese to use)
extra virgin olive oil
*optional: lemon zest, parsley flakes
First, pre-heat oven to 250 degrees celsius. Next, line up the fish fillets on a baking tray (you can use a cookie sheet so the fish skin won’t stick on the tray. If you don’t have one, grease the baking tray with oil.
Then, rub the fish with a bit of salt & pepper, then sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese & garlic bits and drizzle EVOO all over.
You can opt to sprinkle the fish with parsley flakes, freshly ground pepper and a squirt of fresh lemonade juice for that salty, tangy taste.
Pop it in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese melts. What I love about baking is that I can do other things in 15-20 minutes. I can wash the dishes, sweep the floor and make the table while the dish cooks. O di ba? Multitasking at its finest. Very, very, Stepford Wife lang ang peg.
Viola! Baked Cheesy Garlic Fish. This dish got a thumbs up from the GJG familia! It’s another staple dish in our home. Anything baked looks intimidating but it’s really an easy dish to make.
Let me know what you think after you’ve tried serving this dish to your family. 🙂