En papillote, or cooking in parchment, is a healthy, simple and tasty way to cook prime ingredients tucked inside a parcel and baked in the oven to perfection.
While the technique is perfect for weeknight cooking, it also adds a little theatre to the table at dinner parties. Afterall, what better gift for your hungry guests than steaming hot aromatic parcels to be opened individually, revealing delicately cooked salmon steak or similar inside.
Wrapping and baking fish, vegetables and aromatics allows the ingredients to cook in their own juices and steam meaning you're guaranteed moist and tender results.
What can you cook on papillote?
Fish en papillote is one of the most popular techniques, but you can also cook seafood, some meats, like chicken and vegetables en papillote. Simply choose the best herbs, seasonings and spices to go with your chosen main ingredient plus some olive oil or butter and a splash of wine or broth, before carefully sealing up the parcel to go in the oven.
You don't have to stick to parchment paper either, you can also take your pick of banana leaves or foil.
Watch Gordon Ramsay prove how easy it is as he rustles up Lemon Sole en Papillote - and remember - keep those folds tight to keep the hot air trapped inside!
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