Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fish and Vegetables in Parchment

DH and I had a meal to fill on our weekly grocery list. Somehow a parchment meal was suggested and here we are. I used Dinner: A Love Story's directions for steamed fish in parchment paper. You don't really need a recipe for it but here one is if you're afraid to get creative.

Don't ask me how to fold the parchment, I botched it and DH grabbed the stapler. And to think I scoffed when a donor suggested we duct tape a blouse that was suffering from embrittlement (we didn't accession that blouse, fyi.)

 Anyway, this is a pretty fool-proof meal, though does result in still pretty crisp veggies, if you don't like those then pre-steam the veggies a little bit. Also, incredibly healthy and cheaper. DH did the comparison and buying this from TJ cost $~12-14 less than buying it at the restaurant down the street- and I bet they wouldn't let me staple my parchment packet together or choose exactly how much lemon I included.

So here's what you need:
~1 lb of fish fillets (some sort of milder fish, we used Haddock since that's what TJ had)
1 lemon (or really half a lemon), sliced in thin slices then cut in half
1 shallot bulb, sliced thinly
Snap/Sugar Peas
Grape Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Parchment Paper

Simple right? Putting it together is pretty simple too. Wash the veggies and slice if desired (especially the asparagus- here would be a great place for thin asparagus strips.) Tear off two pieces of parchment paper (I overloaded mine, separate yours into two or more). Lay the fillets down in the center of the parchment. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay a few slices of lemon on each, follow with shallots. Top with your veggies. Then sprinkle with a little more salt and olive oil. Wrap up the package in some way to seal in juices and steam. Cook at 400 for 20 minutes. Perfectly cooked. Tear open *carefully* then serve.

*Okay, that was justifiable, some McGyverig okay in collections- that kind is not. A good example of semi-unorthodox usage- a model railroad scenery sculpting tool to make mounts for small objects.

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