Monday, August 27, 2012

Let the Church Say RAMEN!!

Today's blog is yet another installment of the Dormitory Gourmet featuring quite a find at the Dollar Tree. Within the frosted glass cases that are the frozen foods section, I found some fresh frozen Pollock in 4oz. portions for only a dollar!!  I thought it would be nifty to pair these somehow another inexpensive item that can also be obtained  from the same location and turn them into something wonderful.  All in all, the recipe costs under 2 dollars to create and the taste is deliciously well balanced and helps to load up on heart healthy omega 3's.  The package includes 2 -2 oz. portions of the firm white fish, wild caught and flash frozen to retain it's nutrients.  I pan seared these fillets in a drizzle of olive oil and Plugra, a European style butter, but feel free to use regular salted or unsalted butter, the choice is yours.  They may also be broiled for several minutes to trim the excess fat if desired.  The seared fillets are then placed atop a crispy and amazingly yummy fried Ramen pancake, riddled with thinly sliced red and orange mini-peppers for a splash of vibrant color and Vitamin C, plus a spectacular dose of B vitamins!  The finishing touch is a simple onion and garlic spaghetti sauce to round out the flavors and add more depth.  With a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, this dish is fit for a knife along side the fork.!!!
Pan Seared Pollock w/ Confetti Ramen Pancake
1 pkg. ramen noodles
1 tsp. butter
1 4 oz. portion wild caught Pollock or other firm white fish
2 mini peppers, red, orange or yellow
2 oz. onion and garlic spaghetti sauce
olive oil for drizzling
SPST
Prepare the Ramen using half the amount of water and half of the seasoning packet.  Add the sliced peppers and  cover to steam through.
Once all ramen are softened, drain in strainer and set aside.
In a small saute or nonstick pan, bring up to medium high heat.
Pat noodles dry and drizzle pan with olive oil.
Place sauce in microwave for 2 minutes.
Place noodles in pan and press down with a weight or another small cast iron pan.  Cook until golden then flip and repeat, about 4 1/2 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, bring another small pan up to medium high heat and add butter and a drizzle of olive oil Pat dry and lightly SPST fish on both sides.
Place in pan and sear  about, flipping once until lightly golden,  about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towels.
Place noodle cake in center of plate and arrange fillets atop.  Serve sauce on or alongside dish.
Garnish with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese if desired.
Serves 1 or makes 2 light meals. (just halve the ramen to make two pancakes)

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