Cooking Fish in Parchment Paper
Simple But Elegant Fish Course Ideas For Valentine’s Day
Ok guys, here’s a simple but elegant fish dish you can prepare that will really impress your mate. Easy to do, dramatic presentation, and you get to cut out heart shapes!
That’s right. You heard me. Heart shapes. Figure you only have to do this once a year. Next time you make this could be for Superbowl Sunday and you could cut out football shapes.
What I’m talking about is fish en papillote. That is a fancy French term for “wrapped in parchment.” It’s a low-fat way to prepare moist and flavorful fish and impress your Valentine at the same time.
The fish is enclosed in paper and steams in its own juices and the other tasty ingredients we’re going to include. Vegetables and fish will cook together, meaning you don’t have to cook a separate vegetable dish–less clean up for you!
This recipe calls for using parchment paper. You can substitute foil, but if you do, you won’t want to add anything acidic, such as citrus juice, wine or tomatoes because the acids can react with the foil and make your food taste bad.
For this particular recipe, I suggest you stick with parchment paper. Parchment is paper that has been impregnated with silicone so that it is non-stick. It is available at the regular grocery store in rolls next to the foil and wax paper.
This recipe makes for a modest fish course. If you want this to be the main course, by all means, use larger fillets.