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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cod En Papillote

Parchment Presents
Cooking fish "en papillote" or in packets, is extremely easy, versatile, and tasty. It requires very little prep work or cleanup, and can be easily altered depending on what ingredients you have or what your in the mood for. The packets can be filled with pretty much anything. Another bonus is that baking the fish is an enclosed packet keeps it super moist.

Cod En Papillote
Gluten Free
Serves 4

2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. pkg. cremini mushrooms, sliced
4-6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, thinly sliced
18-to-24 oz tube prepared polenta (check for gluten), sliced into 8 equal rounds
4 (5-6 oz) cod or halibut filets, skinned
salt and pepper
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
dried thyme

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Tear off 4 sheets of parchment paper (or foil) that are are about 12x24 inches each. If using foil, coat with nonstick spray.

2. Spray a medium skillet with nonstick spray and heat over medium high. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3. Add the mushrooms to the pan, and cook until beginning to brown, 4-7 minutes. Drizzle in the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and scrape up any browned buts. Season with salt, and thyme. Remove from heat.

4. To make the packets- set one sheet of parchment paper on the work surface with the longest side closest to you. Place two polenta rounds side by side in the center of the paper. Set a fish filet on top. Season fish with salt and pepper.

5. Top with 1/4 of the mushroom mixture. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Fold the the two long sides of the packet together and roll down to seal. Roll the sides under to form a sealed packet.

6. Place the packet on a large baking sheet. Repeat the packet making process with the remaining ingredients (you should end up with four total).

7. Bake the packets until the fish is just cooked through, about 15 minutes. To check doneness, carefully open one packet and see if fish flakes easily. Serve the fish in the packets for a unique presentation.

Nutrition Information--approximately 300 calories per serving

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