Because my children do eat full-size breaded fish fillets (although they prefer their smaller fish-shaped cousins), I decided to make my own. I had leftover Panko breadcrumbs from the Mustard-Breaded-Turkey Breast recipe and a jar of open pesto (pesto don't age well) so I decided to taste my children' tastebuds and consumer minds. I knew they eat pesto (in pasta, in soups, with fish), they eat fresh fish, they eat breaded stuff...so how difficult could it be?
Well, I made one mistake before serving that dish. I told them they were going to have poisson pané. By saying that, I "anchored" their mind. They were hence very excited; my daughter was already asking whether she could get the ketchup out of the fridge... and thus extremely disappointed when I served them my Pesto-Panko-Poisson-Pané. It's like when I tell my husband that we are going to have rice and then serve Risotto. See, "rice" for him means "long-grain-enriched-his-family-recipe", not Arborio rice cooked in white wine with mushrooms, shallots, asparagus and Parmesan! That's the psychological aspect of food expectations that we have to learn to maneuver... because, let's face it, we all have our food expectations! What are yours?
So back to my PPPP, I had to explain what I had made, why ketchup was not an option... and with a lot of talking, they ate it all. They did tell me that next time, they'd rather have les petits poissons, but they did eat my PPPP that evening. Maybe if I could just shape my PPPP like little fish, they'd be appreciated better by my two little fishes? Bon Appétit!
- White fish fillets (I used Tilapia; 1/2 a fillet per person)
- Panko breadcrumbs (or breadcrumbs)
My personal comments:
- Preheat oven to 350 F (160 C)
- Pour pesto on a plate
- Dip the fish fillets into the pesto, coating both sides.
- Then dip the fillets into the Panko crumbs. Be generous!
- Lay the fillets on a baking dish.
- Cook in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (or until the fish is properly cooked)
- The breadcrumbs don't stick to the pesto very well; I just added more on the up-facing side of the fillets.