Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Blackened Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Potato Puffs

Dinner Tonight: Blackened Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Potato Puffs

Another night of heavy rains that finally ended. Lot of rain of late. It was very long afternoon yesterday trying to take care of Dad. He has panic attacks along with his dementia, it can very trying.
Yesterday was a rough day for all of us! We started back with in-home nurse visits, he seems to respond better knowing a nurse checks him out. We are also going to get in home care. They come in 3 times a week to help with care for him. If this doesn't work I'm afraid we may have to put him into assisted living. Hopefully things will work out soon. For Breakfast I made us all a  Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. You can serve this topped with a fried Egg, diced Onions, or Shredded Cheese. I topped mine this morning with Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Colby – Jack Cheese and a Fried Egg Sunnyside Up. Just cleaned the house and straightened everything up before the nurse got here. Then helped Mom with a couple of loads of laundry. For dinner tonight I prepared a Blackened Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Potato Puffs.

Using a Grouper fillet from the Florida Gulf Coast my friends brought me last week, thank you Jim and Linda! I had them in the freezer so I got one of the fillets out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet off in cold water and patted it dry with paper towel. I then seasoned them it with a bit of Sea Salt. Then I melted 1 tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Lite Butter and rolled the fillet in the Butter. I then added the Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning, coating both sides of the fillet.

Next I preheated a Cast Iron Skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray. When the pan was fully
heated, on medium heat, I added my Grouper. At this point turn on your Stove Overhead Exhaust Fan on, because it will start smoking from the seasoning. Cooked it about 4 minutes per side, and it was ready! Cast Iron Skillets are perfect to use for any cooking but especially when you Blacken something. The Skillet heats up and holds it heat and the heat evenly distributes across the Skillet, perfect for Blackening Meats. This is one delicious Grouper! The fresh taste of the Grouper along with the Blackening Season are a perfect combo. Love Fish, Love Seafood! I served it on a Aunt Millie's Reduced fat Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and I topped the fillet with some McCormick Tarter Sauce.

I also baked some Alexia Potato Puffs.  To prepare them; Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the frozen potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Baked for 25, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Browned up perfect with excellent seasoning. Perfect Potato side dish. For Dessert later a bowl of Dole Sliced Peaches.

A fish weighing from 5-15 pounds. The flesh is lean and firm, but the skin is strongly flavored and
should be removed before cooking. Popular varieties are the black grouper, Nassau grouper, red grouper and yellowmouth/yellowfin grouper.

Season: available year-round
* How to prepare: braise, grill, poach, saute, steam
* Matches well with: garlic, honey, lemon, mustard, spinach, white wine
* Substitutions: halibut, sea bass, snapper

Alexia Crispy Seasoned Potato Puffs with Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper
The crispy crunch consumers love in a potato puff, with the unexpected twist of Alexia’s premium seasonings: each crispy puff is perfectly seasoned with Roasted Garlic, Cracked Black Pepper, Sour Cream and Chives. —“All of the goodness of a loaded baked potato in a crispy bite-size puff.”

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 84 g (about 14 pieces)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 580mg 24%
Potassium 240mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g

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