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French in a Flash: Salmon with Sorrel and Asparagus en Papillote

The classic combination of salmon and sorrel come together in a simple one-disposable-packet meal—asparagus and creamy, herby sauce included. Eat the fish out of the packet, perhaps with some five-minute fluffed couscous or plain boiled new potatoes or even crusty, warm baguette. Clean-up is virtually non-existent, the meal takes basically no work, and yet the combination of flavors is sophisticated, and innovative while being traditional. More

How to Cook En Papillote

After a week of cooking almost exclusively en papillote, I've found there's a lot to like about foods wrapped like little presents. Veggies, meat, fish, or whatever else you decide to stuff into the little package, comes out aromatic, tender, and flavorful— not at all the1980s-style health food you may be picturing. More

En Papillote

Gail Borelli of the Kansas City Star, on en papillote: In this traditional French technique, fish or meat and vegetables are wrapped in individual parchment paper packets and baked. The paper holds in the heat, gently steaming the food in its own juices.At the table each guest is served a neatly gift-wrapped dinner hot from the oven. As the slightly browned, puffed packages are slit open, steam pours out in a whoosh, filling the air with fragrant aromas as the meal within is revealed.“It’s a very fun way to cook,” says Phyllis Brock, a Master Food Volunteer in Johnson County. “It looks very pretty and impressive — perfect for a party.”Actually, parchment paper packets are a hostess’s dream. They... More

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