Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Tilapia with Red Potatoes and Asparagus


We love grilling season, but fish rarely gets grilled in our home as we haven’t found a way to prepare it that my husband and I both enjoy. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Tilapia was one of the grilled fish recipes we experimented with this summer. It was good, but my husband and I found the combination of bacon and tilapia to be unique and somewhat odd. If you love the combination of fish and bacon, you’d likely enjoy this meal. The star of this dinner was the grilled asparagus. My husband prepares it a few times a week on the grill. The asparagus is crispy when seasoned lightly and lightly charred on the grill.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy grilled fish? I’d love to try new recipes while it’s still grilling season.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Tilapia with Red Potatoes
Inspired by a Hy-Vee magazine recipe
·6 small red potatoes, halved
·¼ tsp ground thyme
·2 tilapia filets
·4 slices of bacon
·1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
·½ tsp onion powder
·¼ tsp black pepper
·Dash of paprika
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until they can be pierced with a knife, but still firm and not cooked completely. Drain.
Spray a grilling basket with non-stick cooking spray. Heat grill to medium high. Season tilapia with thyme. Wrap each tilapia fillet with 2 slices of bacon, covering as much fish as possible. In a small bowl, combine the EVOO and rest of the seasonings. Add potatoes and toss gently to coat. Arrange fish and potatoes in a grill basket. Grill for 8-10 minutes, or until bacon is brown and crisp. Flip basket over and grill an additional 8-10 minutes or until bacon is crisp and potatoes are fork tender.
Grilled Asparagus
·1 bunch of fresh asparagus
·2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
·Salt and pepper
Combine asparagus, EVOO, and seasoning in a plastic baggie. Shake to coat asparagus thoroughly. Place on a grill heated to medium heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes, rotating the asparagus to assure it’s evenly cooked.