Thursday, February 12, 2009

Whisk Wednesdays—Snapper with fennel en papillote

Snapper with fennel en papilloteCooking en papillote means putting the ingredients inside a parchment paper pouch and baking it in the oven. The paper holds in the moisture while cooking. This moisture flavors the fish along with the aromatics and liquid to make a tender and subtle tasting meal. This is a good method for any delicate fish and can even be used for chicken, vegetables and fruit. Before baking the fish in its pouch, the fennel is sliced and pan-fried in butter and then spooned into each pouch. By far, this is one of the simplest recipes so far!

Here is Alton Brown's episode about this cooking method: The Pouch Principle part 1 and part 2.

Here is a great article about it: The Envelope, Please: Cooking En Papillote.


Serves 4

Snapper with fennel en papillote mise en place
2 x ¾ pound snapper fillets
2 large bulbs fennel
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 fresh basil leaves
4 tablespoons dry white wine
4 teaspoons Pastis or Ricard (optional)

You can find the recipe for Snapper with fennel en papillote in the book Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cook Home Collection.Snapper with fennel en papillote To see how the rest of the Whisk Wednesdays group fared with their recipe, click here (or check out the sidebar) and then click on each blogger!

Snapper with fennel en papilloteTasting Notes
This was a very easy dish to make and would be great for entertaining since you can prepare it ahead of time. However, I prefer fish with sauce, and there wasn't a sauce with this one. I loved the fennel though. This dish is perfect for Valentine's Day since the shape of the parchment is a heart. Also, since it's enclosed in an envelope, it would be a perfect Oscar Party meal.

Next Class
Blanquette de Lotte aux Petits Légumes (Monkfish in White-Wine Cream Sauce with Vegetables) pages 408-409

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Running total: $1,063.16 + $14.19 (fish) + $6.37 = $1,083.72
($5.14 per serving)

Butter used so far: 9 pounds, 28 tablespoons

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    Anonymous said...

    Love cooking fish en papillote. This looks so good - I have never tried snapper this way.

    Anonymous said...

    That sounds great! I've recently discovered how much I like fennel, and I bet it's wonderful with snapper.

    Anonymous said...

    This looks lovely...I like the white parchment with this fish as it looks so nice with the white and green. I wanted to do snapper and fennel, but could find no snapper, so I will save that and do it later...I love cooking in parchment! Yours looks absolutely amazing!

    Anonymous said...

    Looks lovely!

    We had something ever so similar on Tuesday, trout and fennel en papillote. I also put couscous and pinenuts into the bag underneath the fish and added some stock. The cous cous cooks in the stock while the fish steams.

    Jan said...

    That looks delish! I love fennel after only trying it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. A great dish you've made there.

    Manggy said...

    Looks lovely-- and healthy! But if I wanna push the envelope, what sauce would you recommend? Hee hee :)

    NKP said...

    I love fish cooked this way!
    Yours looks so rustic and delicious in it's little package.

    Anonymous said...

    Snapper is such a delicious fish. I like the way you prepared it. I have never tried fish with fennel - must be yummy.

    pam said...

    I've done fish en papillote before and love it, I'm excited to try it with fennel!

    Melissa said...

    What a beautiful dish! I am looking forward to trying this with more fish. I have some halibut calling me. I love your photos, even your prep photos are grand.

    Anonymous said...

    Beautiful photos and the heart shape is such a wonderful idea!

    Sara said...

    This looks great, I just love fennel. It's definitely one of my favorite vegetables.

    RecipeGirl said...

    Cooking in parchment is a good idea for those of us trying to lose weight. I actually need to try out more recipes like this (with no sauce!) It looks beautiful :)

    Anonymous said...

    simple and good are great combo's for every day cooking!

    Anonymous said...

    Fennel and fish is a wonderful combination Shari. It looks so moist!

    Anonymous said...

    Someone who uses fennel can't do wrong with me :)

    Michelle said...

    Isn't it fun to bake in parchment!

    Your fish looks fabulous!

    Anonymous said...

    ahh i love the flavours working in this - so clean and so good. i made my housemate cook dinner for me yesterday. LOL. and he basically made this with lemon and dill...guess he was inspired by yours :) x

    chocolatechic said...

    The boy made some talapia en papillote for dinner Sunday.

    He made a basil butter too.

    It was wonderful.

    amycaseycooks said...

    I recently made fish and vegetables with Asian seasonings in foil packets. I love that clean up was so easy and everyone enjoyed their own serving.

    The flavor combinations of your dish sound delicious. Fennel is appearing on our dinner table quite often lately.

    Jessica said...

    Wasn't this lovely to make! I loved opening the parchment pouches.

    Anonymous said...

    Great post!

    This looks and sounds terrific! I love fennel, and am excited about snapper recipes that don't use tomato.

    I love the parchment effect, too! So moist!!!


    ~ Paula

    Anonymous said...

    This is one of my favourite ways of cooking delicate white meat fish. I love that you used the green parts of the fennel, too many people just throw that part away.