Friday, June 28, 2013

Fun from The Chew

Missy, here. I love watching The Chew (on ABC) when I get a chance. I happened to be watching the other day when they shared a couple of recipes that intrigued me. Click here for the link to the original recipe that inspired me: Zucchini Wrapped Salmon with Warm Radish Salad. (Just don't compare the photo to my photos!)

Now, as usual, here's my take on it -- simplified and using ingredients I had on hand.

I bought tilapia since it was on sale. And look! The kids have been on a mission trip this week, so I'm cooking for two. WOW. Felt very strange. A hint of what's to come with empty nest.

Salmon or other fish
1 bunch of radishes (for 2 people)--washed VERY well (they're gritty) and quartered. Save greens and chop them.
1 lemon (for the zest)
garlic--couple of teaspoons or cloves, chopped
1 shallot chopped
Dijon mustard
olive oil
1 nice sized zucchini (I forgot to photograph it)

First, the radish salad...
Cook garlic and shallot in olive oil until softened.
Add the radishes and greens and stir to sauté. Season with salt.

I over-cooked mine a bit. Got a phone call.

Now start on the fish...
Thinly slice the zucchini lengthwise. I tried using a knife, but they slices were too thick. Then I tried using a potato peeler, but the results were pretty disastrous, too thin. So I suggest you get out your mandolin slicer if you have one to get it just right (sounding like the three bears, isn't it?). You want the slices thin enough to wrap around the fish but not so thin they fall apart. (like this mess below)

Coat fish with olive oil and spread on a thin layer of dijon mustard.
Lay out the zucchini slices beside each other, and then lay one piece of fish across. Wrap zucchini around and place in pan coated with olive oil seam side down.

I had a good bit of zucchini leftover, so I just sliced it and cooked in the skillet beside the fish.

While the fish is cooking, check the radishes. They should be softened. Top with a bit of fresh lemon zest.

Flip fish when cooked halfway through. Don't over-cook it like I did! Serve the radish salad warm. I was rushing around trying to get to a meeting on time and had to leave my husband in charge of turning and finishing the fish. So the only photo I have is of my plate when I got home from the meeting (it was cold). I was too embarrassed to share it. :)

But it was delicious!

And just FYI, today is my wedding anniversary! Twenty-seven years! I took this Wednesday night when hubby indulged me by allowing me to get my fix of Menchie's yogurt.


  1. I think it needs some strips of bacon wrapped around it! :-) not sure 'bout the radishes :-( especially the 'washing very well'!

    1. Hey, I like that idea! Bacon makes everything better. :)

  2. Happy Anniversary! This recipe looks marvelous. I like The Chew when I can catch it!

    Does cooking the radish take the bite out of it?

    Peace, Julie

    1. Thanks, Julie!

      Yes, they're much milder--although I love the bite of raw ones. My hubby isn't a fan of radishes, but he thought this was good.

  3. I'll have to try the radish salad - if I can get any to survive...we love to eat them raw!

    And I'll have to put a mandolin slicer on my wish list. I've never had one, but I can see where it would come in handy.

    Finally, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I hope you and hubby get to celebrate in style!

    1. Thanks, Jan!

      You may want to try the original radish salad recipe. Mine was very abbreviated when I realized I had like 10 minutes to cook once the zucchini slicing too so long! I think the red wine vinegar would really make it.

    2. Oh, and they say to cook the radishes like a minute after you add them. I cooked way longer than that. At least 5 minutes just because I was running around like a mad woman trying to cook and get paperwork together for the meeting. :)

    3. I can just see you running around like a mad woman - LOL!

      I've learned - the hard way - not to try to cook and do ANYTHING else at the same.

      And to think I raised children. I think moms of preschoolers are given a special gift to multi-task, but it disappears when they grow up :)

    4. Yeah, I seem to have lost the ability. I had totally forgotten some copies I needed to make. Was also barking orders at hubby for how to finish dinner and asking if he could run an errand (something else I had forgotten). Was tripping over groceries that were still in the floor. Had 2 hungry dogs sniffing around the open trashcan. It was not a pretty sight.

      But I was on time for my meeting! :)

  4. Missy, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and you wonderful husband!

    This is an intriguing recipe. I'm debating trying the radish salad on my husband. He loves radish in his salad but I hate buying them because you buy a bunch, use 1, and then the rest get gross. (Can you tell he doesn't eat salad often?) But this is a good use for all those leftovers. COOL!

    1. Yes, a great way to finish off a bunch! I actually usually buy them in a bag (no greens), so this was different for me as well.

      I admit, I had one gritty bite. Will wash better next time.

  5. Dave loves radishes.... I bet he'd like this. I wonder how it would be with a white fish? I'm not in love with salmon....

    But I love haddock.

    Missy, what a fun recipe, a great flavor blend!

    And cute pic of hubby... I made Dave agree to Abbott's Frozen Custard tonight because it's been weeks, and I've been uber good on my low-carbs so it's time for a treat day!

    Quiet weekend coming up. I'm so stinkin' psyched... I'm finishing one book, starting another and moving a third one on to a brand new world.


    1. Ruthy, I used tilapia, and it was yummy! I love my regular way to cook salmon too much to vary it. Would be good with any fish.

      Enjoy your carbs! My hubby never gets yogurt out because he likes to have his cookies and cream frozen yogurt at home. That's actually my bowl in front of him! LOL

      I'm happy you'll have a quiet weekend. You've been so crazy busy that you deserve it--and the custard!