Saturday, July 14, 2012

Daring to do it: Cooking "En Papillote"

Our July 2012 Daring Cooks’ host was Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie! Sarah challenges us to learn a new cooking technique called “Cooking En Papillote” which is French and translates to “cooking in parchment”.

I kind of like these challenges which are about a process more than a specific recipe.  But I kind of don't too...  The flexibility with the ingredients can be a really intimidating prospect!  This time, though, I was psyched.  Cooking "en papillote" is not new to me.  Cooking in little packets can be a great thing - great flavor, easy to accommodate preferences, and easy clean-up, too!
For this challenge I made two different meals "en papilolte."  The first was tofu and vegetables.
Filling individual "packets" for everyone:
 I even made a special packet for the baby!
 All ready to go in the oven:
 Opened up!  Tender veggies, soft tofu, totally yummy!
 The second "en papllote" dish was tilapia with spinach, onions, lemon and a few grinds of lemon-pepper seasoning.  (Hubby, the vegetarian, was away for the day, so fish was in for dinner.)  Instead of making individual packets, this time I made one big wrapped parcel and cooked it all together.
Ready to fold and bake:
 One big packet of yumminess:
 Look at all of the juices!  I didn't add a drop of oil either - that is all natural.
Thank you, Sarah, for reminding me about this great, easy, healthy, versatile method of cooking.  I had a great time playing with my food, and seeing how the other Daring Cooks played with theirs!
Take a look here to see the delicious suggestions and recipes Sarah gave us for this challenge, and then check out what my fellow Cooks made!


  1. Nice looking packets! This is by far my favorite way to cook fish - and the easy clean up just gilds the lily :-)
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Yummy looking fish! Even the tofu and steamed veggies looks good!

  3. I loved this challenge too but agree with you on the fact that challenges like this one are so much fun yet making a choice of what to make can be intimidating for sure
    I love both versions you made and look forward to trying a vegetarian option

  4. Great job! I like the tofu one, I wouldn't have thought to do tofu like that.

  5. I don't agree about the fun part and the fact that I've put everything in a packet this month proves it! :)
    I turned my tofu to faux scallops (fauxllops). :)
    Your looks wonderful. They look like big bouquets before wrapping and they come out looking like crusty loaves. LOve it!

  6. Delicious choices, and now I want to try tofu. Did it soak up the flavors nicely?

  7. Love both of these - beautiful healthy, fresh meals - lovely.