Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Swai with Pesto and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Swai is another name for Thai Striped Catfish, I am NOT a fan of Catfish here in the US, just not a flavor I am fond of BUT, Swai is totally different!  The flesh is somewhat flaky and holds together nicely when pan fried or baked like below.  I am constantly finding ways to incorporate more fish into my families diet and Swai fits perfectly, light, not fishy and the kids like it!! :)  I don't really have a recipe to go with this meal, I lightly oiled a baking dish, placed the Swai in, spooned some ready made Pesto on the fish, covered and baked at 375 for about 20 minutes, turned out excellent!  The Brussel Sprouts were quartered and cooked with 3 strips of diced bacon, red pepper flakes and a dash of salt...WOW they were delicious!  This was truly a quick, easy and healthy meal....

So many ways to use SMOKED BUTTER!

OK I am sure you are wondering what the heck this is...WELL its cold smoked butter, think cold smoked cheeses and salmon except BUTTER!    The ONLY place this is produced is in a small artisanal  smokehouse on the Northern California Coast in the lovely town of El Granada and they sell LOTS of it.  I have used it in LOTS of ways but, my favorite is in Parmesan Potatoes (smoked butter and smoked Parmesan), ALL veggies, fish and a nice little pat on a perfectly grilled steak is DIVINE.  This stuff is addicting and thinking up uses for it can be mind boggling....woohoo smoked butter!