Grouper Cheek Bites

First of all I’d like to reach out to all our followers and fellow bloggers to wish them good health and safety. We hope you and your families are all healthy and remain safe. Like all of you I am following the responsible practice of social distancing. My husband and I have found ourselves hunkered down the last few months in our winter home in southwest Florida. We are all going through this together…sheltering in place and trying to make the best of life during these uncertain times. It’s definitely a challenge to be 24/7 with someone – even though you love them with all your heart. You have to find ways to entertain yourselves and interact with each other in positive ways. As you might have noticed over the last few weeks we have been sharing simple, delicious yet fun recipes. For today’s blog post, Grouper Cheek Bites, I’m sharing with you a peek into the kitchen I have been sharing with my 24/7 husband. We venture to our local specialty market, Oakes in Naples, once every two weeks to manage our exposure to the outside world…then take those ingredients and cook together – trying to create recipes based on the simple ingredients that we’ve purchased. By cooking together we are not only bonding during these strange times, but we are having fun. I am not a therapist….but, I would recommend that cooking together can be therapeutic….here is just one of the many dishes we created together. Hope you all find a way to keep yourselves healthy, safe and happy. Much love from Heidi and I….

Grouper Cheek Bites
1/4 lb grouper cheek
salt & fresh ground pepper
extra virgin olive oil
panko crumbs
grated parmesan cheese
Creamy Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Cut grouper cheeks into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt & fresh ground pepper. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss. In a medium sauté pan, heat a tablespoon olive oil and a tablespoon butter. In a shallow dish combine 1/4 cup Panko crumbs with 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. Dip the grouper cheeks into the Panko crumbs and place into heated olive oil/butter in the pan. Cook 2-4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, whisk 1-2 tablespoons of chipotle ranch dressing with the mayonnaise in a small bowl. Serve the Grouper Cheek Bites with the side sauce of Chipotle Aioli.



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