Poisson En Papillote

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November 5, 2015

Wild Strip Bass with vegetables baked in parchment paper


4 servings:

The Fish:

Four 150 gram filets of red snapper, tilefish or bass (5.25 ounces each)

25 milliliters vegetable oil(1 ounce)

Thyme sprigs

Parchment paper

1 egg lightly beaten

Oil for grilling

White wine

Salt and freshly ground pepper

The Tomato Concassee:

200 grams canned, diced tomatoes (7 ounces)

15 grams onion, finely diced (.5 ounce)

15 grams shallots, finely diced (.5 ounce)

1 garlic clove

10 grams butter (.33 ounce)

5 grams sugar (optional) (.25 ounce)

Salt and pepper

For the Duxelles:

200 grams mushrooms (7ounce)

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

30 grams shallots, finely chopped (1 ounce)

20 grams butter (.75 ounce)

Salt and pepper

For the vegetable garniture:

50 grams carrots, julienned (1.75 ounce)

50 grams leeks, julienned (1.75ounce)

50 grams celery, julienned (1.75 ounce)

10 grams butter (.33 ounce)

Salt and pepper



21. With a very sharp knife, lightly score the skin side of each filet. This prevents the skin from contracting while grilling.

32. Coat filets with vegetable oil and chopped fresh thyme and refrigerate.


51. Remove excess liquid from tomatoes.

62. In a sautée pan, sweat the onions, shallots, and garlic in the oil until soft.

73. Add the tomatoes.

84. Cook on low heat until all excess liquid evaporates. Taste and adjust seasoning.

9Mushrooms and vegetables:

101. Finely chop or lightly process mushrooms.

112. Sweat the shallots in the butter for 5 minutes then add the chopped mushrooms and a quarter teaspoon of lemon juice.

123. Cook mushrooms until liquid has evaporated. Adjust seasoning.

134. Blanche the vegetables in simmering, salted water. Reserve.

14Grilling the fish (optional):

151. Place the fish, skin side down, on very hot land or oiled grill to sear lightly. The purpose of this step is not to cook it, but to lightly flavor it and give it decorative grill marks.

16For the Papillotes (parchment):

171. Cut the parchment paper into a large heart shape- one half of large sheet is the right size the begin


192. Place 2 tablespoons of the Duxelles and 2 tablespoons of the tomato concassee on each parchment,

20side by side.

213. Place the filet on top, skin side up.

224. Place vegetables garniture on top of the filet, side by side, carrots in middle, about 1.5 tablespoons in each pile along with a sprig of thyme and and a few small splashes of white wine.

235. Brush the edges of the parchment with lightly beaten egg white, fold the paper heart in half and press the edges together to seal. Brush the edges of the folded package with egg white. Make a series of short folds along the edges. If desired, you may brush it again with egg white and repeat the folds. Using a pastry brush, very lightly oil the top of the Papillote.


25You may seal the Papillote using the same process but with the help of a stapler.

266. Place the Papillotes on a sheet pan and place in a preheated 450F/233C oven. The Papillotes are

27usually done when completely puffed, about 7 to 8 minutes, depending on thicknes of fish.

287. Serve fish in the Papillote to be opened at the table. This allows the diner to enjoy the interesting

29presentation and delicious aroma.


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