Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

4 (5-6 oz) tilapia fillets
nonstick cooking spray
½ lb. linguini, cooked

Parmesan Crust
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Parmesan Base
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon parsley, dried
10 oz prepared Alfredo sauce

Parmesan Cream Sauce
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup Chablis or Chardonnay wine, optional
¼ cup half and half

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place the 4 tilapia fillets in the dish and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the Panko bread crumbs and ½ cup Parmesan cheese to make the crust for the topping. Set aside.

To assemble the Parmesan base, place ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon parsley and the prepared Alfredo sauce in a medium bowl and stir well. Remove ½ cup of the mixture (reserving the rest to make the Parmesan cream sauce) and brush onto the 4 pieces of tilapia, making a thick, even covering on the fish. Evenly sprinkle the Parmesan crust on top of the fish. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until fish reaches 140-150 degrees and the crust is golden brown.

Meanwhile while the fish is baking, make the Parmesan cream sauce. Place the remaining Parmesan base in a medium sauce pan, add the fresh basil, wine, and half and half and heat over medium heat until the sauce is simmering, stirring often. Toss the Parmesan cream sauce and the linguine together and serve with the Parmesan crusted Tilapia. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

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