Passover Meal – Tilapia with Horseradish and Beet Green Chimichurri

By Melissa d’Arabian,
The Associated Press

Tilapia With Horseradish and Beet Green Chimichurri. (AP photo/Matthew Mead)

Tilapia With Horseradish and Beet Green Chimichurri. (AP photo/Matthew Mead)

As published on Register Guard.com, d’Arabian wrote “When I was growing up, my family celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. And one of my favorites was Passover.

Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special for me. Or maybe it was the rich meaning behind the foods that were served. One food I remember more than any other — the horseradish that was traditionally served as the “bitter herb” portion of the meal.

My mom would scoop a tiny bit of freshly grated horseradish onto a crispy matzo cracker, then hand me a pickled beet as a chaser. I was only a child, but the memory of that flavor combination has stayed with me, attached to memories of family dinners and my mom.

This recipe celebrates horseradish — not the creamy sauce you find next to the roast beef at an all-you-can-eat buffet, but rather the actual root. Technically, horseradish is a vegetable and has health benefits similar to its root vegetable cousins. But with its strong flavor, we typically eat very small quantities, using horseradish more as a condiment.

Condiments that are low in sugar, fat and calories are an excellent way to infuse a healthy dish with tons of flavor. You can buy horseradish in root form at well-stocked markets, or keep a jar of grated horseradish in the refrigerator like I do. Mix it into salad dressings, meat rubs and tangy acidic foods such as freshly pickled veggies.

If raw horseradish is too strong for you, toss veggies or potatoes with it, then roast. This softens the flavor considerably. In this recipe, I make a chunky chimichurri sauce (with beet greens instead of herbs, as a wink to mom) to spoon over roasted fish right as it comes out of the oven.

The heat will make the flavors in the sauce sing.”

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds tilapia filets
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch beet greens, washed thoroughly and dried
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish

Directions: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment.
  3. Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to brush over both sides of the fish filets, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the tilapia on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the tilapia is no longer translucent, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, finely chop the beet greens (you should have a little over 1 cup), and set aside.
  6. In a blender, place the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the lemon juice, vinegar, shallot, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish. Blend until the shallot is pureed, about 10 seconds.
  7. Add the beet greens to the blender and pulse a couple of times, just to coat the beet greens with vinaigrette.
  8. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if the mixture is too dry. Pour the chimichurri into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Once the fish is cooked, place the filets on serving plates, then spoon the chimichurri over the hot fish.

Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories; 90 calories from fat (38 percent of total calories); 10 grams fat (2 grams saturated; 0 grams trans fats); 85 mg cholesterol; 4 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 2 grams sugar; 35 grams protein; 420 mg sodium.

Food Network host Melissa d’Arabian is the author of the cookbook, “Supermarket Healthy.” www.melissadarabian.net

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Yield: 8 Servings

Bacon Wrapped Turkey
Photo Source: BHG.com

Ingredients:

  • Turkey
  • 10 slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely snipped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, finely crushed
  • One 12 pound fresh or frozen turkey, thawed if frozen
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut in wedges
  • Fresh sage leaves

Bacon and Onion Gravy

  • 2 cups turkey broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Butter, melted
  • 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Turkey

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Finely chop 2 slices of the bacon. Stir together the finely chopped bacon, the finely chopped onion, and the finely snipped sage; set aside.
  2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; discard. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Loosen the skin from the breast meat by sliding your fingers underneath it, being careful not to tear it. Slide your hand as far as you can toward the opposite end of the turkey, separating the skin from the meat. Rub the bacon mixture underneath the skin over the entire breast, working toward the thighs as much as possible.
  3. Sprinkle inside of body cavity with kosher salt and pepper. Fill cavity with sage sprigs and sweet onion wedges. Pull neck skin to back and fasten with a small skewer. Tuck drumstick securely to tail, if available. If there is not a band of skin, tie drumsticks securely to the tail using 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle turkey with additional salt and pepper. Weave remaining 8 strips of bacon in a lattice pattern over the breast. Tuck additional sage leaves into the lattice. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of inside thigh muscles. The thermometer should not touch bone. Cover loosely with foil.
  4. Roast for 2 3/4 hours. Remove foil. Roast for 15 to 45 minutes more or until thermometer reaches 175 degrees F. (The juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.) Remove from oven. Cover turkey with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
  5. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Remove and discard onion and sage from inside turkey. Carve turkey. Serve with Bacon and Onion Gravy.

Bacon and Onion Gravy

  1. Stir 1 cup broth into pan drippings from roasted turkey in roasting pan, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Pour drippings into a 2-cup glass measure. Skim and reserve fat from drippings. If necessary add enough melted butter to the reserved fat to make 1/4 cup. Add enough broth to the drippings in measuring cup to make 2 cups total liquid.
  2. In a large saucepan cook 2 slices bacon over medium heat until crisp-cooked. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from saucepan and drain on paper towels.
  3. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in saucepan; add 1/4 cup chopped onion and 1 teaspoon sage to the mixture. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Carefully add vinegar to skillet and cook until evaporated.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup fat to the saucepan with the onion mixture. Stir in flour. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add drippings mixture all at once to flour mixture in saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
  6. Stir in crumbled bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

From the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen

Hattie’s comment was “this is the best skin ever.” It had a great bacon flavor.
The sage was subtle, but nice. Bacon/onion/sage combo seemed very Thanksgiving like.
I cooked a smaller bird and only made 2 cups gravy, but for this 14-to 16-pound size you would need more.
The gravy was tasty. One thing I had thought about was adding a little whipping cream to the gravy, so you could try that.
Bacon is hard to finely chop. Could say to freeze bacon in a single layer and then break the frozen bacon and add to food processor. . . .it might chop it up better. TK could try this.
I used Vander Rose Farms bacon.

Nutrition Facts (Bacon Wrapped Turkey)
Per serving: 557 kcal cal., 29 g fat (9 g sat. fat, 6 g polyunsaturated fat, 11 g monounsatured fat), 270 mg chol., 519 mg sodium, 1 g carb., 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 73 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
 

Slow-Cooker Soup: Indian Cauliflower and Potato Soup (Aloo Gobi)

Yield: 1-1/3 cups, approximately 6 Servings

Indian Cauliflower and Potato Soup (Aloo Gobi)
Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©

Slow Cook: 6 to 7 hours on low or 3 to 3-1/2 hours on high

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups bite-size cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 32-ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Snipped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced jalapeno (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine mashed potatoes, cauliflower, onion, jalapeno pepper, ginger, garlic, salt, cumin, turmeric, and paprika. Stir in broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Cool slightly.**
  3. Transfer cauliflower mixture, half at a time, to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. If necessary, return pureed mixture to cooker; cover and cook on high-heat setting until heated through.
  4. If desired, garnish each serving with yogurt, cilantro, and/or sliced jalapeno.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:
Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

**Tip:
If desired, omit Step 3 and serve immediately from slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (Indian Cauliflower and Potato Soup (Aloo Gobi))
Per serving: 131 kcal cal., 1 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 3 mg chol., 902 mg sodium, 24 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 7 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet