Remember putting hamburger meat and canned vegetables into tin foil on that scout camping trip as a kid? Well, then, you have cooked En Papillote!
En papillote translates from French to “in parchment” and is a classic cooking technique. Known as Al Cartoccio in Italian, this ancient cooking technique was first documented by the Roman Scholar Apicius in the 1st century. Traditionally fish, but can be anything really, is sealed in parchment paper with vegetables and herbs. The seal prevents moisture from escaping, creating an aromatic cooking environment as the proteins cook in its own juice, retaining more flavour than steaming or boiling. Ingredients cook quickly because they are surrounded by moist heat, and as it cooks, the air inside expands making the Papillote inflate. Once served, the dinner cuts into the parchment and all the aromas release, making for a dramatic presentation.
The parchment is folded in half and cut into the shape of a heart, which is the classic shape...A L’amour. The heart-shaped Parchment, is traditionally fold the paper in half and the ingredients placed on one side. Small folds are then made every inch at 45-degree angles to get a tight seal and a half-moon shape.
We will be using Mediterranean Sea Bass, known as the Loup de Mer in France, or the more popular name Bronzino in Italian. The Loup de Mer is not to be confused with Chilean Sea Bass, which is actually not a bass, but a cod, renamed by some genius marketer due to the less appetizing actual name of the Patagonian Toothfish. The Sea Bass will be placed in parchment along with the vegetables, lemon, and fish stock and cooked for about 10-15 min. Many of the vegetables will come blanched so they will cook completely. Orzo will be served on the side to soak up the broth.
Time to Cook: 30 min.
Cook by Day: Monday
Items included (serves 2)
Baby Vegetables (leeks, Squash, Zucchini, Fennel) - and anything that looks good!
*Menu items subject to slight variation based on the availability of fresh ingredients; Picture is not necessarily representative of final dish
Meal Contains (including add-ons): Fish. We store, portion, and package various meal kits containing all eight (8) major allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur between kits.
Add-on Checkout Items
Lyonnaise Salad with Lentilles de Puy, Pork Belly and a Dijon Vinaigrette