Cooking en papillote has become one of the hottest new cooking trends—but it really isn’t new at all.
En papillote, French for “in parchment”, is a simple, mess-free way of cooking that gives you the best possible flavor when cooking fish, lamb, or poultry. This cooking style has been around for decades, and it’s revolutionizing modern cooking.
Why Is En Papillote so Popular?
Cooking en papillote gently steams your proteins and veggies using a dash of water, wine, or butter so barely any cooking fat is used. We love that this style of cooking promotes better choices in the kitchen, while also minimizing the time you spend prepping and cooking.
1. Locks in Moisture
Wrapping ingredients inside the confines of parchment locks in moisture, creating aromatic, moist heat. This flavorful, wet heat cooks the meat thoroughly, giving it a juicy and butter-like texture.
2. Infuses Protein with Flavor
Because all of the ingredients are locked inside the parchment, their flavors are bound to mingle. Adding fresh herbs, spices, and other ingredients inside the parchment wrapper allows the flavors to play off of each other and create a truly delectable dish.
3. Quick Prep
Cooking en papillote requires little cooking and prep time. Simply chop, dice, or mince your veggies, layer in the meat, and top with herbs—wrap it up, throw it in the oven, and voila! Dinner is served!
4. Little Clean-Up
Once everything is cooked and enjoyed, clean up is a breeze. Toss the used parchment and you’re done!
It’s no wonder this traditional French cooking style has become so popular. Weeknight dinners have gotten faster, easier, and, most importantly, more delicious.
So, How Do You Cook En Papillote?
Step 1: Fold a Piece of Parchment Paper in Half
Fold a standard sheet of parchment paper in half. This will help you create an even covering for your meal.
Step 2: Cut in the Shape of a Heart
Starting about an inch from the top of the folded side, begin cutting the parchment paper in the shape of a heart.
Step 3: Add Your Ingredients
Open the parchment paper and stack your ingredients inside. Rather than laying out all ingredients on a sheet pan, this style of cooking calls for encasing them inside a parchment paper covering. These ingredients are stacked on top of each other and sealed with careful folding.
Step 4: Create a Series of Folds Along the Edges
Starting from the top, create a series of folds, moving around the edges of the folded paper. This will lock in all moisture and create a perfect cooking pouch.
Step 5: Cook
Lay your pouches on a sheet pan, place in the oven, and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes, depending on your protein.
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