Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mahi Mahi Yuca Bake

The Ingredients

  • 6 mahi-mahi filets (I used 3 on a medium casserole)
  • 2 pounds of frozen yuca
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Nut Meg

The Recipe
Yeld 6 servings

  1. Boil the yuca in water and salt for about 40 minutes or until it is soft enough to poke with a fork. 
  2. Preheat oven to 425
  3. While the yuca is boiling lay your mahi-mahi filets on a large casserole and season them with salt and pepper on both sides.  
  4. Chop two handfuls of spinach and layer on top of the filets.
  5. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over each filet.  
  6. Drain the yuca and return it to the pan.  
  7. Add the heavy cream, butter, and nutmeg. You might have to add a little more heavy cream if the yuca is not creamy enough.  Taste for salt and add accordingly.
  8. With a masher, mash the yuca just like you would for mashed potatoes.
  9. With a spoon, layer the mashed yuca over the filets covering the whole casserole.  Remember where the filets are positioned for an easier time when serving each whole filet per person.
  10. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the mashed yuca.  
  11. Bake at 425 on lower rack for 25 minutes and then for another 5 minutes on top rack to create a crispy crust.
  12. With a spatula, serve each filet on a plate and garnish with some fresh tomatoes.

The Experience
This dish was a spur of the moment type of thing.  I had some mahi-mahi and some yuca in the freezer but I didn't want to fry my yuca or just sautee my fish.  I decided to combine them and the results were fantastic!  You have to try this!  The crispiness of the yuca crust had a perfect texture when combined with the creaminess of the mashed yuca.  The fish baked extremely well and remained moist!  I liked it a lot and will definitely be making it more often.  The mashed  yuca can be combined in this manner with basically any other type of meat!  The fish worked great for me because I don't usually have a taste for fish.  I find fish extremely bland unless it's salmon or cod.  The whole thing should take you about an hour to prepare but since it is being baked you will won't be spending that time in the kitchen!  Try it!  You'll love it!  

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