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Foil-Packet Parmesan Tilapia

Ok, so here’s my thought process on this one:

I noticed that I had a package of frozen tilapia in my freezer, and I decided it was time to get rid of it. The only other time I had cooked with frozen tilapia, I baked it and turned it into a filling for tacos. That was a great meal, but I didn’t want to do that this time. (That may or may not have anything to do with Rick’s frustration with my many variations of tacos.)

So anyway, I decided to look and see what other tilapia recipes I could find, and believe it or not, I was NOT specifically looking for a crockpot recipe. These things just fall in my hands, I tell you! But given that the Crockpot Lady is the reason why I fell in love with my crockpot (and therefore my love of cooking), I couldn’t turn this recipe down.

So that’s how I wound up making this recipe. I was worried that Rick would think I was weird and/or gross for cooking tilapia in the crockpot, so I kind of didn’t tell him until the meal was almost done cooking. He didn’t seem concerned, though. This is one of those recipes where you’re basically just using your crockpot as an oven without having to heat up the whole kitchen.

When I took the foil packets out of the crockpot and (CAREFULLY– I have had a steam burn before and they are not pretty) opened them, the smell was just amazing. And trust me, they tasted great, too. I liked these filets much better than when I baked them, so I think I’ll use this foil-packet method from now on.

Foil-Packet Parmesan Tilapia
4 tilapia filets, thawed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded cheese (the Crockpot Lady recommends shredded Parmesan, so that’s what I went with. She has also used cheddar)
juice of 2 lemons
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except for the fish.

Lay out four equal sized pieces of foil and spray them a bit with cooking spray. Place a piece of fish on each slice of foil, and rub the sauce mixture over both sides of each piece of fish.

Fold the foil together so that it forms a little packet. Put all the packets into the crockpot. Cook on high for 2 hours, then check the fish to see if it’s done. The fish should flake easily with a fork. (Mine was perfect after 2 hours.)

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Crab dip

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My mom came up to visit this weekend for a belated birthday celebration. I wanted to demonstrate my newly-acquired cooking skills for her, so I prepared a 3-course meal (which was mostly a success), including this crab dip as an appetizer that we snacked on throughout the afternoon. I found the original recipe from A Year of Crockpotting. 

I halved the following recipe. There were 3 of us snacking on this, and we still had some leftover.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. crab meat (I used imitation)
3 8oz. packages cream cheese
1/2 cup salsa or hot sauce (I used salsa)
1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 cup milk 

Directions:
Cube cream cheese and place in crockpot. Turn it on to start melting. Add the salsa (or hot sauce), tomatoes and milk, and stir to combine. Add the crab last, and gently stir.

Cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring every 20 or 30 minutes. I served ours with Ritz crackers and potato chips (but the crackers were better!)

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