Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lemon and Summer Squash Fish Baked in Parchment


A few days ago I got to deliver dinner for our dear friends. It can sometimes be difficult to think of new dishes to deliver. Lasagna, quiche, and soup are my go-to drop-off dinners, as they can easily be reheated and left-overs are still delicious the next day. But it's also nice to deliver super fresh and  healthy dinners. Fish baked in parchment, or en papillote, is the perfect solution. Fish and veggies steam together, seasoned with fresh herbs and a little fruity extra virgin olive oil, in a little paper package. You can assemble the bundles whenever you have time (for me that's naptime) and bake them when you're ready for dinner. 



Lemon and Summer Squash Fish Baked in Parchment 
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Serves 4

  • 1 yellow squash thinly sliced
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, quartered crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 6-ounce catfish fillets (go with the white fish your fishmonger recommends, or halibut, tilapia, or sole)
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, such as niçoise
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
Directions
1. Heat oven to 450º F. In a medium bowl, combine the squash, zucchini, scallions, oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.                                                                                                                                            2. Divide the vegetables among 4 12- to 15-inch pieces of parchment. Place the fish over each pile of vegetables and top with the lemon slices, olives, and thyme.                                                                                             3. Fold the parchment over the fish, then seal each packet by making small overlapping folds along the edges.                                                                                                                                                          4. Place on 2 baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes.

The fish packets can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 1 day.
adapted from Real Simple

14 comments:

  1. This is something I've honestly never done before, I've seen it done but have not been up to challenge to give it a try, I feel my strong passion is baking and doing desserts than cooking, but I love fish.

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  2. This looks very delicious. I love fish. I know a very easy potato gratin that I make when friends need help with cooking. It has very few ingredients but taste so good and it's easy to make and still taste good as left-ovesr. I will email it to you later since it will be too much to post here.

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  3. Thank you for posting this! I have aways been wanting my make fish baked in parchment. lovely!

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  4. You are one of my favorite cookers!! Is that the correct term? haha! Anywhoo I love every recipe you post! This does not look like it would disappoint

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  5. I'm sure your friends were happy to receive this meal:) So fresh, healthy and delicious!

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  6. What a wonderful idea and so easy. Delicious.

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  7. MMM, I'd love for a friend to drop me off such a fabulous meal. When are you coming over??? hehe.

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  8. I've always admired recipes for fish in parchment... but never had the guts to try them. You do make it sound easy. Bookmarking this to try soon.

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  9. I used to do this all the time and then for some reason I stopped. Thanks for reminding me how absolutely wonderful it can be and how easily presented. I love your version and the picture speaks a thousand words. Just awesome

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  10. I love fish prepared like this. I do this a lot for my family. It's a meal in a pocket and always looks so pretty, just like your picture.

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  11. i just love doing fish in parchment - it's so light and fresh tasting, and keeps the fish so moist and flaky. super versatile and about as easy as it could be. yummy!

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  12. This looks great! I can't wait to try it!

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  13. This looks so good! Love meals like this :)

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  14. Thanks for this recipe. I'm making it tonight.

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