Cooking en Papillote (in Parchment): July 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge

Vegetables & Sausage wrapped in parchment and grilled. #recipe @MJsKitchen

 

June was extremely hot here.  In fact, it went on record as being the second hottest June ever for my fair city.  In an effort to keep the heat out of the kitchen, we’ve been grilling and making lots of salads. Like every summer, we try something new on the grill to expand our grilling repertoire. This summer it was Cooking en Papillote (pah-pee-YOHT) or cooking in parchment. I give credit for this idea to Sarah of All Our Fingers in the Pie!.  Sarah was the host of the July 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge.  She challenged us to learn this new cooking technique and to even go beyond the more typical form of cooking en papillote in the oven and to use the stove top or barbeque instead. So that’s exactly what I did.

This particular dish is a combination of Italian sausage, vegetables and herbs sealed in parchment paper then cooked on a medium heat grill. The parchment pouches are placed on a sheet pan, then set on the grate. (See picture below.) The meat and vegetables steam in their own juices and the flavors are incredible. What a perfect one pot meal!  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to prepare and even easier to cleanup afterwards. The cleanup was “discard the parchment paper”.


A blend of wild rice, brown rice, and white rice. @MJsKitchen

 

 

Kitchen Notes

The sausage – I used a mild Italian sausage for this dish, but a spicier one would have been just as delicious.  It’s important to put the sausage on the bottom. Being closest to the heat it becomes crispy and almost caramelizes.  The sweet crispiness and the flavor of the sausage was one of the things that really made this dish as good as it was.

The vegetables – I’m sure there are many different vegetables that would work.   I used what was in the refrigerator at the time and it was such a great combination that I used the same vegetables again when I made it the second time.  The only change was the squash.  The first go around I used yellow summer squash and for the second go around, Mexican squash.

Cut the vegetable in varying sizes based on how fast or slow they cook.  The squash pieces are relatively big in order to keep them from overcooking and getting mushy. Since I love to bite into a cooked mushroom, I left them pretty big as well.  Onion and bell pepper are smaller and the olives work nicely as thin slices so they can distribute throughout the meal once cooked and transferred to a plate.

The rice – I buy this wild/brown rice blend in bulk at my local co-op and I love it. It consists of several varieties of black and brown rice and it makes a great complement to this sausage and veggies dish; however, brown rice or white rice would probably work just as well.  You could also make your own blend by combining 4 to 6 wild and brown rice varieties.

The cooking in parchment method – I can’t believe I’ve never cooked in parchment before!  It was SO easy! Yes, I need some work on my folded edges, but they were good enough. Even though I cooked this on the grill, it could easily be baked in the oven @ about 375° F (190° C).  I’m not sure if it would  caramelize the sausage, but I’ll give it a go this fall.

I want to thank Sarah of All Our Fingers in the Pie! for this challenge because it is a method of cooking that I will be doing again and again and again.  Later this week I’ll share another recipe ‘en papillote.  So stay tuned.

To see more recipes and methods for cooking ‘en papillote, Google “July 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge”.

If you like summer squash, here are a few more recipes you should try:

Yellow Squash with Basil and Pine Nuts

Calabacitas (Summer Squash, Corn, and Green Chile)

Calabacitas Enchiladas

Calabacitas Chowder

Stewed Cushaw

This post has been shared with the following blog hops.  Be sure to click on the links for most delicious recipes.

Keep It Real Thursday, Freaky Friday, Weekend Potluck, Mix it Up Monday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday

This recipe for Sausage and Vegetables en papillote was featured in the Huffington Post article: Dinner in A Bag: 14 Recipes for Cooking in Parchment, April 5, 2013.

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48 Responses to “Cooking en Papillote (in Parchment): July 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge”

  1. Christine July 22, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    This sounds good.

  2. Terra July 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Oh I love love your addition of the green olives, they are my favorite:-) This would be a perfect mix of flavors! Take care, Terra

  3. Liz July 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Gosh, I need to broaden my horizons…I only think of cooking fish en papillote…and all your different ideas look fantastic. I’m going to have to try your veggie stacks, too…yum!

  4. wok with ray July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Parchment paper is one of the best cooking invention in my opinion. It is very useful and saves a lot of time when it comes to cleaning after. This is a good idea of cooking. Thank you for sharing the idea, MJ! :)

  5. France @ Beyond The Peel July 18, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT WAY TO TREAT OURSELVES TO A “NEW” BBQ DISH. LOVE IT MJ.

  6. Soni July 18, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Oh I’ve never tried cooking veggies like this!Sounds like a perfect idea for these hot summer days and it also seals the flavors!Love the use of sausages in there too!YUMM….

  7. Balvinder July 18, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I like your idea of cooking in parchment pouches. I have cooked vegetables and fish together in foil but have used parchment only for lining juicy things like squash coated with maple syrup. the colour ful vegetables really looks wonderful. I have not yet adapted to the taste of wild rice but soon getting over there.

  8. Stephanie @ Dessert Before Dinner July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks for the comment. This recipe en papillote looks awesome too! Looking forward to going through some other things on your blog

  9. Charles July 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Such beautiful colours MJ – a wonderful summery dish, and the rice looks delectable too. I never tried cooking anything “en papillote”… I heard it was difficult to get right… I must investigate it and expand my own repertoire!

    • mj July 18, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Oh Charles – there is nothing difficult about it! I’ve cooked 5 meals in parchment in the past two weeks and they have all turned out perfect! You know me – if it’s not easy, I probably won’t be doing it. :) Thanks!

  10. Ana y Blanca July 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    The dish sounds delicious!
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  11. Swathi July 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I have cooked in aluminum foil and banana leaves, never tried it in Parchment paper. looks wonderful. Sure I will try this method.

  12. Heather @girlichef July 17, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    You know, I love the “en papillote” methoe – but I don’t use it nearly enough. I love the way the flavors steam and mingle together. This is a fantastic dish to celebrate summer!

  13. Robert-Gilles Martineau July 17, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    Just beautiful!
    And so healthy!
    En papillotte is simply the best solution to preserve real taste and flavours!
    Not fair as I’m French! LOL
    And wild rice to top it all!
    You are an angel!

    • mj July 18, 2012 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks Robert! I always thought French cooking to be difficult, but this French cooking certainly isn’t! I loved it!

  14. Claudz July 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Ooh, this sounds so good! Will definitely have to try it with sausage and veggies. Thanks so much for popping by my blog. Will be exploring yours!

  15. Nisa Homey July 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi Mj, Thanks for stopping by. This method of cooking sounds healthy and easy clean up. Here in Kerala, we have so much of plantain/banana plants in the backyard, the banana leaves are used instead of the parchment paper (started years ago) it sort of has a non sticky effect…and fish is usually baked or grilled in it. If you ever chance to visit Kerala, do not forget to have “meen pollichathu” in plantain leaves…the mention of it is bringing nostalgic memories of my grandma’s kitchen. The apricot jam looks so yummy and great pic….I have missed a lot from your wonderful space…so just catching up with it. Have a great summer.

    • mj July 18, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      Thanks Nisa! I would love to be able to find some banana leaves and cook in them. I’m so hooked on this method of cooking that I’d love to try new types of wraps. I have some corn husks in the pantry that I’ll be working with soon. The meen pollichathu sounds wonderful!

  16. Javelin Warrior July 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Now I want to try cooking in parchment! This looks delicious, MJ, and I recently discovered some new organic stores near me which carry similar blends of wild rice, so this post has inspired me to pick some up. I’m popping over to Sarah’s blog to check out the challenge…

  17. Angie@Angie's Recipes July 16, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I have never tried en papillote method to prepare food. This looks so fresh, and delicious.

  18. Treat and Trick July 16, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Never tried this kind of cooking and pairing with brown rice is simply fantastic!

  19. Sissi July 16, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Cooking in parchment is such a healthy and flavour retaining method! Your choice of ingredients sounds fantastic too. I have only baked fish this way but every time I did I was amazed at the results.

  20. Raymund July 16, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    That vegetable will be great with grilled meats, Yum!

  21. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to cook with parchment paper pouches. I definitely need to give it a try with this awesome recipe!

  22. CookingRookie July 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a really healthy recipe. And low maintenance too :-). Thank you for sharing! I should try this en Papillote technique some day, the name sounds so cute :-).
    Have a wonderful week!

  23. sally July 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I’ve never cooked in parchment before, but it looks like a good way to try and beat this crazy summer heat! I’m going to have to try it.

  24. kitchenriffs July 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Cooking in parchment is great! I haven’t done it in quite awhile – several years – and you’ve reminded me of how easy it is. It’s a great way to cook fish. And, as you’ve demonstrated, sausage! Really nice recipe – thank you.

  25. love2dine July 15, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Italian Sausage with Vegetables ‘En Papillote that sure looks tasty, i am going to try that. yummy!

  26. Jane July 15, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    This is definitely something I want to try! We have been grilling a lot too, or doing whatever we can to stay cool! I love the olives in the mix .. sounds really good!

  27. Lisa July 15, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    What a gorgeous papillote of veggies and Italian sausage. I love the addition of corn! I know this had to smell like the italian sausages hero’s around here, when you open the paper. I could wear that smell! llol

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      :) I’m with you! I love the smell and the flavor of Italian sausage! Italian and chorizo are my favorites! Thanks for your comments!

  28. Baker Street July 15, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    The dish sounds like a winner but I really like the clean up is so easy! Just perfect to make after a long day at work.

  29. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 15, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Yesterday I saw one blogger making this and decide to give it a try (but haven’t tried yet). I see this method is super versatile with different kinds of ingredients and I’m loving it! Such a healthy delicious method we should utilize more! Thank you so much for another inspiring recipe!

  30. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles July 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I love cooking fish en papillote – I find the flavours permeate beautifully – but have not experimented much beyond that. I really like how you use the sausage here – torn into pieces as part of the larger assortment of vegetables rather than as the main event. Giving the meal that distinctive spicy flavour and protein without overwhelming. Great inspiration and, as you note, hassle/mess free – yay! Your rice photo is so lovely MJ – it just jumps off the page.

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

      Thanks Kelly! I think I’m going to try fish next. It seems to be a common method of cooking fish and I can now see why. Everything stays so moist and you don’t lose any of the flavor.

  31. Jenni July 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Awesome job! Its been so hot here, too, and I have been trying to grill everything I can (even bread!!!) so I loved how fast and easy this recipe was – and such astounding results from everyone!

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      Thanks Jenni! Please post how to bake bread on a grill! I would love to do that but being a bad baker, I’m a little nervous about grilling bread! :)

  32. vianney July 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I love cooking with pp, easy clean and moist results. thanks fro sharing!

  33. ChgoJohn July 14, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    This is a great dish and a really good response to the challenge. I often roast sausages with vegetables in my oven. Doing it en papillote is a tasty alternative and one I’ll be sure to try.

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks John! I’ve also roasted sausage and veggies in the oven and I actually like the en papillote method better. Nothing dries out and the flavors really combine with each other so much more!

  34. Suzi July 14, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Hi MJ. This is something I have always wanted to try. Great idea for the grill, if I can only learn to fold it properly myself. It has been hot here too and who wants to heat up the kitchen, not me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay cool.

  35. Italian Notes July 14, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    I often cook fish en Papillote, but I’ve forgot to do it with vegetables: A great mistake as the small packages preserve the taste so well.

  36. Choc Chip Uru July 14, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    This delicious dish would have people pounding at your door my friend :D
    It looks awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  37. Ramona July 14, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    I have cooked in foil and banana leaf…never in parchment. I have been meaning to try this method of cooking since I have seen in on several cooking shows. Loved your interpretation of the challenge! The meal looks full of color and hearty… I would love to dig into it. :) Have a wonderful weekend my friend. ~ Ramona

  38. Rathai July 14, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    I was introduced to this method of cooking by Masterchef Australia sometime back but haven’t seen anyone cook in papillote anywhere in the blogosphere until now. I’m very impressed. This is one of those ideal ways to prepare food during hot summer days like these. The sausage and vegetables look very colourful and delicious as usual. Came to think of it now, we have a similar way of preparing food… in banana leaves. :D

    Have a great weekend, MJ!

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks Rathai! I’d like to try cooking in banana leaves next!

  39. Sawsan (Chef in disguise) July 14, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    I loved this cooking methode too it was really quick and easy and the flavors were intense.
    I love all the colors and flavors your recipe has. I am looking forward to trying a vegetable version

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