Cooking en papillote, or in parchment paper, is a classic technique for preparing delicious and healthy meals. The parchment packets may be prepared up to a day in advance, and are perfect for a single serving when you are cooking for one.
To ensure vegetables cook through, slice them thinly and evenly. Also, be sure to close, or crimp, the parchment packet completely so steam does not escape while the food cooks. Never open the parchment packet to check on the food -- be sure to follow all the cooking times specified in the recipe.
Parchment paper is impregnated with silicone, which prevents it from catching fire. Parchment is grease-, moisture-, and relatively heat-resistant.
Get step-by-step instructions for folding parchment.
What to Cook in Parchment
You can cook a variety of foods in parchment, including chicken, shellfish, fish, and vegetables. Add aromatic ingredients to flavor the dish. Flavorful additions include ginger, white wine, stock, herbs, and scallions.
Cooking in parchment paper creates naturally low-fat foods as the process doesn't require added fats or oils.
Recipes Using Parchment
Then, once you've mastered cooking in parchment, try some of Martha's other favorite recipes: Ginger-Scallion Chicken Breasts Baked in Parchment, Salmon, Spinach, and Potatoes Baked in Parchment, and Mussels.