If I could only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would definitely be Mexican. There’s just something so organic and fresh about their ingredients. My favorite of course is salsa. One of these days I’ll have to write about all the different varieties you can make – from pineapple and mango salsa to roasted red pepper and corn salsa to the very traditional salsa fresca. Salsa can really turn any ordinary dish into something truly delicious.
Tonight I made one of my favorite dishes – Fish tostadas with tomatillo salsa. Tostadas are really just “toasted” tortillas and came about as a way to eat slightly stale but still fresh tortillas. I’m sure freshly made corn tortillas would take this dish to another level, but I used whole wheat flour tortillas. Still yummy, and saves calories.
1 lb. Fresh fish – we used Haddock, but any fish will do. Ahi is often used in this dish as well.
1 can black beans
1 red onion diced – to use with black beans
2 cloves garlic
Limes (for salsa and fish)
1 jalapeno diced (with seeds adds more heat)
1 yellow onion chopped to use with tomatillos
panko bread crumbs (can add flavor with combo of chili powder, cayenne, cumin, paprika)
Tortillas – slightly toasted in oven with olive oil
Cheese – I love queso fresco, but can’t always find it.
1) Black bean puree: Saute red onion, garlic, 1/2 jalapeno, and cumin for about 3-4 minutes. Add black beans until heated through. Puree half in a blender or food processor until smooth. Combine with remaining half.
2) Tomatillo salsa: Roast tomatillos and onion in 400 degree oven until slightly brown and tomatillos begin to pop open. Add roasted tomatillos, onions, 1/2 jalapeno, juice from 1 lime, and salt (to taste) to a blender. DONE! May want to adjust seasoning with more lime/ salt.
3) Fish: Season with salt and pepper. Cut into large “fish sticks.” Add lime juice to moisten fish (helps panko stick). Roll fish in spiced up panko crumbs. Saute in pan on medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
4) Begin layering – smooth on black beans, add fish, salsa, and cheese. Heat in oven until cheese melts. Enjoy!
This dish can be messy, so be sure to have a napkin around 🙂