Tartar Sauce

The other night I made fish sandwiches and to go with the sandwiches, I obviously wanted Tartar sauce. Upon looking at the various Tartar sauces in the store and their ingredients, I was pretty much grossed out and just decided to make my own. How hard could it be? Not very, as it turns out. I looked up some recipes and chose the most popular ingredients and just started putting some things together. Here are the ingredients I used with some notes about quantities.

Mayo– This forms the base of the sauce, so use how ever much you think you’ll need for what ever dish you’re making. For two fish sandwiches, I used about a 1/2 cup of light mayo.

Dijon Mustard– A big squirt or two depending on quantity of mayo.

Kosher Pickles or gherkins– Chop some pickles up into small pieces and add them to the mixture. Don’t overwhelm the mixture with pickles, but you also want some in every bite. You can also substitute pickles for relish.

Lemon– A good squeeze to taste. Don’t make it too watery though!

Cayenne– To taste.

Some other things to add in are:

1- green onion

2- capers

3- parsley

This is all about taste- so keep tasting and adjust quantities as needed. You can always add!

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Mediterranean Fish Casserole

This seems to be my go-to meal when we want something very healthy and also something very easy to put together. It takes some time to roast the veggies and then cook the fish, but the prep is pretty easy. The only downside is that the fish is not really good for leftovers because it gets kinda rubbery the second night. Roast some extra veggies though because it makes a good side dish for later in the week.

We usually use a basic white fish when we make this, almost always Tilapia because it’s cheap and it takes on the flavor of the veggies very nicely, but we got Cod this round. Cod’s an interesting fish. It has a very fishy taste…and it’s meatier. I guess I’ve only ever had Cod beer battered and fried and therefore didn’t notice the fishy taste. Anyway, maybe next time I’ll put some lime or lemon juice on it to counteract the fishy taste. I wonder though if the fishy flavor means the fish wasn’t as fresh as it could have been? hmmm

For this recipe, I’ll give the basics for making it for 2 people with some leftover vegetables.

Preheat oven to 400.

Ingredients:

3 small red or white potatoes, coarsely chopped

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 bell pepper, cut into strips

a few asparagus spears, cut into thirds

3/4 – 1 lb white fish of your choice

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

1- Place potatoes, pepper, and asparagus in a casserole dish and sprinkle with olive oil, enough to coat all the veggies. Also season with salt and pepper. Put in the oven and roast for about 30 mins, or until the potatoes start to become tender, but not too tender as you will be adding the fish and continuing to roast in the next step.

2- After taking the vegetables out of the oven, add the garlic and tomatoes to the casserole dish. Season the fish with salt and pepper and place on top of the vegetables. Place back in the oven and cook about another 25 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.