I tossed around a few ideas and came to the conclusion that I'd do something traditional, yet put a non-traditional "Mehgan" spin on it. So, here's my entry:
Coconut & Lime Crusted Tilapia with a Lime Tartar Mustard Sauce-
-3/4 cup vegetable oil (more or less, depending on the size of your pan)
-2 tilapia fillets
-1/4 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup flour
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-1 large egg
-juice of one lime
-1 tsp Herbs de Provence (I got this in my BBM package!!)
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1/2 tsp cracked pepper
-1/4 cup tartar sauce
-2 tsp dijon mustard
-spritz of lime
Instructions: Place oil in a small pan over low heat. On a plate (I just use a regular dinner plate), use a fork to mix together the coconut, flour, and spices. In a small bowl, stir the coconut milk, egg and juice of one lime together. Carefully dip the tilapia fillets in the egg mixture, being sure to coat all sides evenly. Then, coat the fillets with the coconut & flour mixture, and place the fillets in the heated oil. Cook over low heat until both sides of the tilapia fillets are golden brown. While those are cooking, mix together the tartar sauce, mustard and a bit more lime juice. Once the fillets are done, plate them and put a small portion of the sauce on top. Garnish with a slice of lime.
I was so not prepared for how good this turned out. The whole recipe was in my head, so it's amazing to me that this meal actually came to fruition, and in such a successful way! I served it with some sauteed zucchini and squash (used a little lime juice in there, as well), and some Trader Joe's Harvest Blend quinoa, sunflower seeds and rice. My husband LOVED it! We both cleaned out plates, it was so good. The coconut flavor was present, but not overpowering, and the sauce just added to the flavor without masking every other flavor. I am so glad that I picked up a couple extra tilapia fillets at the store today when I was grocery shopping, because I am having so much fun experimenting!!
Good luck to everyone participating in the Joust this month! This was a fun one!