You've likely heard of the health benefits of steaming foods. By using water rather than oil or butter to cook your meal, you save on calories and fat. But plain steaming can sacrifice some of the flavour. That's where this gourmet, French style of cooking comes in handy! En papillote is French for "in parchment," and it's a very healthy and flavourful way to cook. Cooking in parchment infuses meat and vegetables with delicious herbs and spices and captures flavours that might be lost with other forms of cooking.
Many people are turned off by the en papillote method because it seems like too much work. Folding the parchment paper into a bag is the most challenging part of the process. Fortunately, however, Paper Chef has come up with ready-to-use culinary parchment cooking bags, so you can have an easy, mess-free meal on the table in no time. Plus, unlike aluminum foil, the bags are biodegradable, so you can feel good about the choice. There's no reason to not try out this simple and delicious cooking method!
You may be holding off on trying out this exciting new method because you think it will be too complicated. But we assure you it's quite the opposite! Here's a basic breakdown of how you can cook all your favourite dishes in this easy, flavourful way.
Your friends and family wil be super impressed by your gourmet style of cooking — and they never have to know how easy it really was!
Parchment bags can be used for a wide variety of dishes. If you want to try something traditional to start, check out this herb mustard chicken recipe. Or if you're ready for something with more of a kick, try a chili garlic halibut en papillote. And it isn't just main dishes that can be made in this fashion! For a new and attractive side dish, throw together these honeyed heirloom carrots. There's no good reason not to enjoy healthy and flavourful meals when it's this easy!
Now that you have a super-healthy, steamed dinner on the table, it's time to enjoy an equally tasty dessert, and parchment bags can help you out in that department too! An apple cinnamon papillote with cognac and red currants is a fruity and refreshing way to end off your meal. Or if you need something sweet and salty while you watch a movie after dinner, you can throw together some chocolate and sea salt popcorn in a flash. Even desserts can be healthy when parchment bags are involved!
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