If you think parchment paper is just for lining baking sheets, think again! It's a great tool for making a simple yet elegant dinner en papillote. Whether you're cooking for one or many, wrapping up parcels of seafood, chicken, tofu, mushrooms, or vegetables in parchment paper (en papillote) is an easy way to make a relatively hands-off meal. Baked in a hot oven, the parchment parcels retain moisture to create wonderfully succulent proteins and vegetables. Because of the steam, you don't even need to use oil, just herbs and seasonings, so this is also a low-fat way to cook.
Need some inspiration? Check out these recipes for dinner en papillote:
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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