Monday, April 16, 2007

Salmon en Papillote

The term, "en papillote" (pronounced: pap-uh-loht or pa-pee-yawt), simply means "in a paper wrapper". The paper wrapper is made of parchment which is cut into a heart-shape and folded around the ingredients. This creates its own steamy chamber which allows all the flavors to infuse while the salmon cooks. It is very easy to do and it makes a great presentation for company. The vegetables are blanched ahead of time because the actual baking time for the salmon is short. This can be done with other types of seafood or fish, and can include other vegetables, also.

Salmon en Papillote

1 cup fresh green beans
2 salmon fillets
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
fresh lemon slices

Steam green beans until crisp-tender. Cut a piece of parchment about 22" long. Fold in half. While folded, cut into a 1/2 heart shape. (Illustration to follow). Open and spray heart with cooking spray. Place each fillet onto the right half of the heart. Sprinkle salmon with salt, pepper, and dill. Melt butter and combine with vanilla. Pour over top of the fillet. Top with lemon slices, too, if desired. Fold heart in half again. Starting at one end, make small folds aroungd the edges of the paper until you work your way around it. Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes in the center. Cut the top open and serve.

Steam green beans until crisp-tender. Trim ends and cut into small pieces:

Fold parchment paper in half:

Cut into a half-heart shape:

Open the heart and spray with cooking spray. Place ingredients on the right half of the parchment heart:

Begin to fold the edges all the way around.
This will take folding over several times until it stays folded.

Continue folding all the way around. It will look like this:

Bake and enjoy!

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