Monday, June 18, 2018

Easiest Pecan Crusted Snapper

If you have ever lived or visited the Texas Coast or have ate at any seafood restaurant, then you have ate pecan crusted something! It could have been chicken or any kind of fish. I absolutely love pecan crusted fish. It really has to have a good fish behind the pecan. At Paradise Key is Rockport where we live has an amazing pecan crusted Snapper. UGHH drooling over thinking about it! So when Shannon went snapper fishing and provided some amazing snapper fillets I knew exactly what I wanted to try and make.

This year the snapper season is actually 82 days! It started June 1st. They are these really cool red colored fish that are meaty and hold up to this kind of crust. It seemed very intimidating and fancy and it was one of the easiest recipes I have done. Shannon was obsessed and it looked and tasted like I had pulled of a five star dinner.  We eat a ton of seafood. So the same old fish fry or old bay gets old so trying something new and getting it right the first time gave me even more confidence.

So try this recipe, impress whoever, and let me know what you think! TIP: the fish cook very fast and you want to serve hot and crispy, make your sides first and keep them warm. I love pairing fish with asparagus and rice, but you can do whatever you like! Having a sauce is ideal. You do not have to have one, but my favorite is HEB Cilantro Cojita dressing. I use it for a ton of things, tacos, fish tacos, crab cakes, and now Snapper.

Pecan Crusted Snapper

  • 2-4 Fillets Snapper
  • 1-2 cups Ground Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Panko
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • Crush Red Pepper
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat cast iron or pan to medium and cute bottom with oil. Do not add oil until pan is hot. This will prevent oil from burning.
  2. Heat oven to 370-380. Whatever works best for your oven.
  3. 1. Check for any bones in the fillets. I used 2 large pieces that I cut in half.
  4. 2. Mix together pecan, panko, cayenne, red pepper (omit if you don't like spicy)
  5. 3. Pat Snapper dry so the honey sticks better to the fish. Pour honey on top of fish and rub it so it coats the entire fillet.
  6. 4. Place fish in pecan mixture and really press into fish and honey so it sticks.
  7. 5. Once oil is hot, place fish pecan side down.
  8. 6. Cook for about 2 minutes or until you see white on the side like it has halfway cooked and flip. This goes fast and be careful so the honey doesn't burn. Flip fish and cook for about a minute or two.
  9. 7. Place cooked fish on tray pecan side up and left finish in oven for about 10 minutes.
  10. Watch close so the honey doesn't burn in the oven. This coating is smokey, spicy, and sweet.
  11. Serve with your favorite veggies and with rice! I use the HEB Cilantro Cojita for sauce.
Let me know what you think :) 
The coast is a way of life and I am so happy to share it with you!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Galentines 2018

For years now I have thrown a Galentines brunch. I am not sure what it is about Valentines Day, but I have always loved this holiday! The pinks, reds, flowers, what else would you want! This day doesn't have to be about some fancy dinner with your S.O, it can just be about LOVE. Love for yourself. Love for you life. Love for the awesome women who are in your life. I know for myself I wouldn't know what I'd do if it weren't for my girlfriends.

I like to keep it easy and simple. The whole point of a Sunday brunch is to relax and enjoy girlfriends. The best part of course is the food! We did a potluck this year because well, cooking for 10 girls can get expensive! Especially after bottles of champs! We kept it fun and light with a pot luck and mimosa bar!

The best part about hosting parties for me is that it doesn't have to be expensive! I did a bagel bar for under $20! Bagels are filling and so yummy! Sunday carbs don't count right?! Probably 99% of my decorations came from Marshalls and Homegoods and the rest from Hobby Lobby, but most were the MeriMeri brand. I absolutely love their party decor! Unfortunately we don't have many places to find good party decorations and often I find myself going to 4-5 different boutiques. So finding some fun stuff at Homegoods isn't hard! I still have yet to sign my cards. MeriMeri of course, but they are cute and have a vintage look! Cheers everyone and let me know how you Galentines go!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ultimate Summer Gift

Summer birthdays, wedding parties, and graduations parties are on the top of my list this summer. The only downside to all of these awesome parties are gifts. Now let me be the first to say I love buying gifts and giving them! Gifts can be expensive. Especially when you have an event every weekend.

I always make a weekly or biweekly round to Marshalls or Homegoods. You can always find something or anything there. Sometimes it can get overwhelming. I swear that I have went shopping and don't get a basket so I can limit myself and end up walking back to the front with an arms full!

This weekend I have my cousin's 21st birthday and another cousin's graduation party! Two in one weekend! I found the perfect gift that can be used all summer and even next for less than $35 at one store! That's right I said $35!

A very in style gold striped flamingo beach bag to store all the goodies and doubles as gift bag- $8
Oversized beach/ pool towel to lay in style- $12
Bathing suit or bag to keep bathing suit from getting bag wet or keep phone and wallet dry- $5
Perfect palm print notebook to write down summer goals- $4
Facial sunscreen. This is my favorite brand! - $5
Lotion because the pool or beach can get drying and if you always want to smell great - $1.5

 You can throw in a fun bottle of champagne or white wine, with a cute bottle topper! Enjoy and have a wonderful summer :)

I loved making this goody bag and almost needed to make my own! Have a fun and safe summer and do not forget to wear sunscreen!