Spinach And Cheese Stuffed Tilapia


2 lb tilapia (I used fresh, never frozen, tilapia from Whole Foods) * 8 oz cream cheese, softened * 12 oz frozen microwaveable spinach * 3 oz shredded cheddar cheese panko seasoned bread crumbs (I didn't measure this but would estimate it to have been maybe 2 cups) * 1 tsp onion powder * 1 tsp garlic powder * 2 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 400 f. Microwave the spinach according to the instructions. Mine took 5 minutes on high. Combine the softened cream cheese, spinach, onion powder and garlic powder in a bowl and mix well. Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, pound the fish until it's thin enough to roll. A rolling pin might work if you don't have a meat tenderizer like this. Place the eggs (yolks broken) into a bowl. Place the panko bread crumbs into another bowl. Dip each piece of tilapia into the eggs. Then coat the tilapia with the panko bread crumbs. (I don't have any photos of this part, I needed both of my hands.) Spray the inside of a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place one piece of tilapia into the dish. Get a spoonful of the spinach and cheese mixture and place it in the center of the tilapia. Don't let the filling go all the way to either end or either side or it will squirt out when you roll it. Strarting with one end, roll the tilapia up carefully, using a toothpick to close it. Bake at 400 f for 30 minutes. Remove from oven when turning golden brown. (Sorry, the photos at this stage are awful.) Remove from oven and serve immediately. I served this with spinach pasta, rice would also work very well.