Pecan encrusted Tilapia / Peltex Spatula
Number 8 on the list of essential tools. The Peltex spatula is a sturdy, yet flexible tool that can make flipping delicate items much easier. This item went through some heavy debate before making the cut- at a glance it just looks like a slotted spatula, but sealed the deal was a safety issue. One of the most painful burns I have received is from flipping fish and getting hot oil splattering up from the pan. And not only that, it is disheartening when you spend the money on a beautiful piece of fish and it breaks apart in the pan. The Peltex has a flat metal edge that does a great job deglazing, and the surface area makes making a birds nest a breeze.
We decided to create a pecan encrusted tilapia to illustrate the functionality of the Peltex. This is a great way to incorporate fish into your diet. The crust is what makes the dish special. A key ingredient that will help this dish is Panko bread crumbs. Mix the crumbs with the chopped pecans, and you will attain the crunch factor. We also recommend using a cast iron pan. Once again, the thick surface will aid to create a thick, rich, crust.