Truth is some dishes just don’t photograph well, which is why although I HAVE attempted some of the recipes on the last two menu plans such as Greek Chicken, Pear & Pecan Muffins, and Chicken Pad Thai. None of them came out all that great and definitely weren’t photo quality. However, that is not the case with these tilapia roulades. The picture may not be ideal, but the taste was pretty delicious. (Even Number Two ate it up. Bonus!)
This recipe started out as one for stuffed salmon. It sounded awesome but I didn’t have any salmon handy. Then I had another recipe for an herb & veggie stuffed sole (rolled up), but alas, I didn’t have half of those ingredients either. What I ended up with was an improvisation using what I had on hand, using the two other recipes as a guideline. Usually this kind of innovative cooking does not serve me well, but this time I have to say it was pretty darn good.
Spinach & Goat Cheese Tilapia Roulade
4 filets tilapia, thawed and room temp.
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
8 oz. goat cheese, divided
6 oz. sour cream
salt & pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tsp chives (I used dried)
Preheat oven to 350*. If fish fillets are thick you can slice through them and make two fillets out of one, which make them roll much easier.
In a bowl combine 6 oz. of the goat cheese, the sour cream, spinach, herbs, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
Spoon and spread mixture on top of fish and roll each piece up. You can use toothpicks to keep the rolls together.
Place into a baking dish (spray dish or line with parchment paper first) and cover.
Bake about 25 minutes, or until fish is done.
2 T butter
2 T flour *Cornstarch for GF
4 T heavy cream or milk
1/4 cup chicken broth (plus more if needed for consistency)
salt & pepper
2 tsp tarragon
This fish definitely needed a sauce. As usual when I’m cooking I do a lot of it by eye. I try to make the measurements accurate for you, but with something like this it’s easy to eye-ball it and thicken, or thin, as needed. Bechamel is good for so many things but I find it rather bland and not quite worth all the extra calories. Hence, the tarragon. Believe me, it just makes it awesome.
Get the milk or cream and chicken broth bubbling in a small saucepan with the last 2 oz. of the goat cheese. Make sure the cheese melts and blends in. Add the tarragon. Make your roux and add it slowly, as needed.
*You can start out with your roux (1 part melted butter to one part flour) and add the cream and broth to it. It might actually be better to control your thickness this way, but what the heck, I always do things the hard way. Just make sure you allow time for the tarragon to get in there and do its thing :) After that it’s all just about combining, whisking, (and not burning of course) and getting the sauce only as thick as you want it.
Serve it over the fish roulades.
I also put my roulades over some fresh garden tomato slices. Heaven!
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