En papillote is the French term for food baked in a parchment paper packet; it's a favorite way of preparing fish in New Orleans. This recipe easily doubles to serve four.
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1 cup vertically sliced red onion
3/4 cup (2-inch) julienne-cut celery
1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chervil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 (6-ounce) white sea bass fillets
2 teaspoons butter, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine, divided
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 6 ingredients, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl.
Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cut 2 (15-inch) squares of parchment paper. Fold each square in half, and open each. Place half of vegetable mixture near each fold. Top each serving with 1 fillet, 1 teaspoon butter, and 2 tablespoons wine. Fold paper; seal the edges with narrow folds. Place packets on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until parchment is puffy. Place on plates, and cut open. Serve immediately.
Commander's Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This is a great go to fish recipe. I think it needs a bit more seasoning. Otherwise its healthy, easy, fast and delicious. Sea bass works wonderfully in this style of preparation. Delicious!
Ive made this many times and it works every time. You can change up the veggies for different flavour but the bok choy and celery stay nice and crunchy.
I was not excited how this dinner turned out. In all fairness, I used tilapia instead of sea bass. I also did not use the onion and celery. It could certainly be appropriate for a special occasion. I served this dish with brown rice, garlic bread and sauvigon blanc. Next time I will likely use cod. I would also add the onion and possibly the celery. I loved the easy cooking method.
This is a great starting off point for any fish and veggie combo you want to try cooking this way. Use what you like and you will come out with a wonderful, flavorful meal that is quick, easy and elegant. Happy cooking!
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