Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Daring Cooks Use Parchment Paper!

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Our July 2012 Daring Cooks’ host was Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie! Sarah challenges us to learn a new cooking technique called “Cooking En Papillote” which is French and translates to “cooking in parchment”.


This was so fun and so easy! Really, it reminded me of foil packets we used to make while camping. And it is pretty much the same concept, except using parchment paper and your oven instead of foil and  a fire. The fancy French version instead of Rustic Outdoors, haha. The chicken and veggies were cooked perfectly, it was moist, tender, and flavorful! Definitely a keeper! 



Chicken En Papillote

6 TBSP melted butter
4 chicken breast halves
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
8 shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup dijon mustard
2 tsp thyme 


Preheat oven to 375.
In a small bowl, combine 
Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper about 20" long each.
Brush melted butter over each.
Place the chicken breast on top of the melted butter.
Spoon some of the mustard mixture on top.
Place the carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and shallots on top of the chicken.
Spinkle on salt, pepper, and thyme.
Splash on a bit of white wine.
Take the long pieces of the parchment paper and bring them together, and fold them over each other until there is no more excess.
For each small edge, fold the paper over itself over and over until you get to the end (Where the chicken is). Its kind of like wrapping a present. 
Place the packets on a jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with edges) and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
Open your packets and enjoy! 



11 comments:

  1. If my parents made meals like this while we were camping, I might have enjoyed it more :-)
    Nice job!

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  2. Funny, but it reminded me of camping as a kid too}:P

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  3. I totally agree,this was really fun and easy and i know I will be using it again and again
    Great job on this challenge Jenni

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  4. I totally forgot about the camping thing! We use to wrap freshly caught trout in aluminum foil and cook it over the fire! Same concept! Thanks for the memories. Love your chicken and vegetables and your wrapping looks easier than the heartshaped wrap. I'll try yours next time (recipe and wrap!)

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  5. I love cooking in paper.. it does great things for the texture.

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  6. It looks like your challenge was a resounding success! This looks absolutely wonderful. No whiff of rusticity anywhere to be found :-)

    Love the use of mushrooms too. They hold up really well in parchment, don't they?

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  7. I remember doing something similar when I first started 'really' exploring cooking techniques. Chicken and all those lovely vegetables is heavenly..the steam capturing all those flavors! That said..can I still take part in a Sourdough Surprises challenge? I just saw the pizza one, but I don't know when the deadline is.

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  8. Lovely job (as always) with the challenge. Your chicken with veg looks tasty! I love the idea of fancy french crossed with camping :-)

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  9. I never thought about cooking with mayonnaise, but it does pair well with dijon mustard. That looks really tasty :)

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  10. Your packets came out looking so appetizing, it's challenged me to try a chicken and veggies version.

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  11. Oooh yum, I've never cooked chicken en papillote before. Yours looks wonderful! I often struggle to cook chicken breasts & keep them moist, so I must try this. I don't know why I haven't before!

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