Friday, October 14, 2011

Balsamic Baked Mahi Mahi with Roasted Green Beans & Bacon Potatoes

The weather is cooler and the trees are changing colors.  It's finally starting to look like fall, which has me thinking about the holidays.  Lately I have been reminiscing over my mother's Thanksgiving green beans.  I haven't been home for Thanksgiving for years, but I know she still makes a huge pile of bacon baked green beans and my family eats them all!  I decided to roast some green beans in olive oil and garlic and then top them with crumbled bacon.  Of course, I added a sauteed bacon potato medley to the dish too and topped it off with a big fillet of marinated mahi mahi.  Oh how I wish I had leftovers to eat it again today!   It was incredible. 

Why does bacon make everything better?!

2 large fillets mahi mahi, or other mild fish
2tbs extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/4c balsamic vinegar
2tsp minced garlic
2tsp fresh basil
1tsp dried rosemary
2tsp soy sauce
6 slices uncured nitrate free bacon
1tbs butter
6-8 baby medley potatoes (yellow, red and purple), washed and cut lengthwise into 4 pieces each
1 package fresh pre-washed and trimmed green beans
2tsp minced garlic
sea salt, to taste

1. In a bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, basil, rosemary and soy sauce.  Place fish in a resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade.  Let marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
2. Preheat your oven to 400F.
3. Heat a large saute pan with some water and a steamer basket inside to high.  When boiling, add potatoes, cover with a lid and turn to medium low.  Let steam about 10 minutes or until just done when pierced with a fork.  Set aside.
4. Toss green beans with a little olive oil and some minced garlic.  Place them on a baking sheet and then into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until browned, cooked and sizzling.
5. Also place mahi mahi in the oven on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes per inch at the thickest part (for mine it took 20 minutes).  You know it's done when it flakes easily with a fork.
6. Meanwhile, cook up the bacon in a pan.  Crumble the bacon.  Pour out the oil.  Then add a pat of butter and saute the potatoes with a bit more garlic in the pan until the potatoes are nice and crispy (this takes me about 10 minutes).
7. When everything is done, pour the potatoes into the baking sheet and toss with the green beans.  Top with the crumbled bacon.  Serve with mahi mahi on top.  So good!

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