Don’t let fancy French words scare you away from making this dish! En papillote just means “cooked and served in paper.”
It’s actually quite an easy method that will keep what you are cooking delicious and moist. You can use this technique on fish, chicken, shellfish etc.
We suggested many options for your vegetables. Choose what you like, but we do recommend tomatoes and lemons for the moisture and acidity as a base.
2 potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
2 tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
1 lemon, sliced ¼ thick
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Olive oil or butter, salt and pepper
Optional 1 cup of any of the following vegetables: red chard or kale, chopped; zucchini, sliced ¼ thick; green beans; sugar snap peas; spinach (basically, any non-root vegetable that you like, chopped or sliced finely)
Optional: olives or capers
Thinly slice potatoes, tomatoes and lemon. If using any of the optional vegetables, chop or slice them as well.
IMPORTANT: You must slice the potatoes very thinly or they will not cook by the time the fish is done. Maximum 1/8 inch thick is recommended. Thinner is even better! If you are not confident in cutting potatoes that thin, you can omit them and add more optional ingredients.
Take a large sheet of parchment paper. READ THIS for instructions on how to lay out and fold.
Lay potatoes on the bottom of the parchement, followed by tomatoes, garlic and any other vegetables you chose (except for the lemon slices and parsley).
Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. A knob of butter is also a tasty substitute for olive oil.
Place fish filets on top of vegetables. Drizzle fish with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place lemon wedges on top of fish and sprinkle with parsley.
If using olives or capers, add them on top.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. While oven is heating, fold the parchment like THIS.
Take your folded package and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve in the pouch. Be careful of the hot steam when you open it!