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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fish with Red Pepper, Macadamia, and Thyme Relish

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Remember how just the other day I was complaining about the heat?  Well, not only did it not even reach 90 degrees yesterday, but it rained...big time rain too!!! YAY!!  Finally, a little break from the heat!  Maybe we'll even stay under 100 from here on out???  Hey, a girl can dream, right???

My biggest complaint about this dish was that I could not find see, the original recipe called for Hazelnuts, and wouldn't you know, my grocery store did not have any.  Ok, so I should have gone to a more specialty store, but I didn't want to run around to 10 different places just to make this dish.  I did want to use something outside of the same old almonds or walnuts, though.  My thought....macadamia nuts!  I do love them, but as you know they have a much different flavor then the hazelnut.  If you can find hazelnuts...use them, but if not...the macadamia nuts worked beautifully!  You could really use any nut that you think would work well with these flavor combinations.....canvas, remember!

Aside from not having hazelnuts, this dish was perfect!  The relish worked really well with the fish, though it would also lend itself very well to pork or chicken.  I mean what's not to love....roasted red peppers, toasted macadamia nuts, fresh thyme....YUM!

Fish with Red Pepper, Macadamia, and Thyme Relish
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
Printable Recipe 
4 Tilapia fillets (or any other white fish)
garlic salt and pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained and coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, cut into quarters
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper

In a small, non-stick skillet, toast the macadamia nuts until just browning.  Let cool.

In a food processor, add the nuts and pulse a few seconds.  Add the peppers and garlic and process until finely chopped.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, parsley, and paprika.  Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

In a skillet (I used non-stick) add the oil and heat over medium heat.  Season the fish with garlic salt and pepper on both sides.  Add to skillet and cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  Spoon relish over fish and enjoy!


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

This is SO pretty!! I am loving the colors in the relish Jenn. Speaking of which, holy cow that sounds GOOD!!! Macadamia nuts, LOVE! and a great substitution for the MIA hazelnuts. Personally I like the flavor of macs better, anyway :) Fingers crossed for below 100 temps for you from here on out! :)

Unknown said...

You're doing that fish thing to me again; I think I might actually get some this week. :)

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Macadamia??? Not much in this world better than macadamia. Never thought to use it like this. See, this is why I love you, you're way smarter than me.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

It rained here in Southern California, too! It was hot, but probably not quite as hot as Arizona! Anyway, this is a very creative recipe, thanks for sharing! I always have tilapia in my freezer, but I don't always have creative ideas for it. This is one idea I'd love to put into action!

StephenC said...

I'd consider using pistachios. They are kind of expensive if you can find them shelled, but aren't too labor intensive to do it yourself.

Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds delish. Can't imagine the store doesn't have hazelnuts! Maybe they're calling them filberts? But probably any of these other suggestions would be just as good, huh.

Unknown said...

I love the unique spin on fish here! I am ALWAYS looking for new and interesting ways to prepare fish and this fits the bill! I love nuts and seafood so why not together!?!? Thanks!

Pam said...

I love the flavors and textures of this dish. Nicely done!

Cheeseboy said...

They should really make hazelnut that you can make from other nuts. Hazelnut has always been the needyest of all the nuts in the nut family.