Keep your kitchen clean tonight! Go en papillote-style.
School has begun, and so has the traditional autumn routine – and unfortunately, the “what to eat for dinner” daily quiz is also back. Great news! Here is a simple and easy trick that will help keep your kitchen clean too.
Popular in the European culture since the beginning of time, it is also a hermetic method of cooking. It keeps all the juices, aromas, flavours and seasonings in the same cooking environment adding a delicious quality to your dinner. I’ve also tried it with chicken thighs and the result is spectacular (see recipe below). You must try it!
Let the kids participate
What better way to enhance their appetite for their own dinner than by letting them chose what they want in their own papillote – adding creativity and motivation to eat!
Here are a few examples of what you can do:
Potato and Brussels sprouts in papillote
- Potatoes (cut up large potatoes)
- Brussel sprouts (or any other veggie you have on hand)
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Fresh herbs of choice
- Aluminum foil
- Set down in a cross 2 aluminum sheets.
- In the middle, add your washed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Mix well by hand.
- Seal your papillote by folding the edges up all the way around (this ensures no steam escapes and cooks your meal perfectly).
- Cook on the BBQ or in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes pieces). Allow to cool before opening.
BBQ chicken in papillote
The steam from the papillote cooks the chicken gently, resulting in a moist and tender meat – you must try this! Open the papillote for the last few minutes of cooking to allow the skin to become crisp.
- Chicken thighs and/or breasts
- Homemade BBQ sauce
- Set down in a cross 2 aluminum sheets. Two to three pieces of meat per papillote is recommended.
- Lift the skin of the chicken and spread your Homemade BBQ sauce between the meat and the skin (the sauce should not be hot unless you intend on cooking the chicken right away).
- Seal the foil carefully, one sheet at a time, to create an envelope so the steam does not leak out.
- Cook for 45 minutes over medium heat. Allow to cool before opening.
Fish en papillote
Use any fish for this dish and add your favourite herbs and seasoning for a new twist every time! Salmon with lemon and a touch of maple syrup, over cooked rice, peas and carrots – makes a one-pot meal in less than 15 minutes.
Yummy, simple and quick!
Savour the simplicity of eating en papillote-style, because best of all it keeps your kitchen clean (and no dishes – yay!)