They had some beautiful flounder at the market, so I bought it, but wanted to do something different than what I usually do. Usually I grilled the flounder with some butter and lemon – but not wanting to grill I need another way to prepare it. I cam across a recipe on www.allrecipes.com and taking the basis of that recipe I changed it up a bit. I recently read an article about spices that are beneficial and that you should try and add to your diet – one of those spices being thyme. The market was out of fresh thyme and there is none in the herb garden yet – so I ended up using dried thyme.
Thyme has antimicrobial properties and the oil has been found to be effective against shigella, staph and E. coli. Thyme is a good digestion aid, helping to reduce gas and other discomfort and it is good for the hair and scalp. To add into your diet you should use a teaspoon of fresh or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme three times a week.
Parmesan Cheese Coated Flounder with Kale Chips
2 lbs. of flounder (review the Seafood Watch listing for what kind to purchase)
2 Tbl lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 Tbl mayonnaise (I used an organic, full fat mayonnaise)
1 tsp dried thyme (I crushed it in my hand before adding)
1/4 tsp salt
To make kale chips, see previous blog posting http://simplyrurban.com/?p=273
1. Line a baking dish with tin foil and coat with oil – I used my misto which is filled with olive oil.
2. Rinse the fillets and place on the tin foil. Brush with lemon juice.
3. In a small saucepan melt the butter, allow to cool slightly.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
5. Add the mayonnaise and whip to mix.
6. Add the cheese and mix well.
7. Add the thyme and mix.
8. Brush the cheese mixture on each fillet.
9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork easily. If you want the topping a little more brown – turn the oven to broil and broil for about 2 – 3 minutes.
Serve with kale chips or vegetable of your choice. Stella loved this – telling me it tasted like mac and cheese. Mateo, who was over even tried it and loved it – he is not one to try new food easily, he was a little hesitant, but once he tried it he wanted more!