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Who knew? Veggies Steamed in Parchment Paper

by Julie on July 26, 2012

in Green Goddess

I’m always the last to know these things. Still.

Vegetables in parchment packets. Easy. Tasty. Works every time (so far). Plus it makes me feel sorta Frenchy.

vegetables in parchment paper

Voila! Veggies en papillote

I first learned about it from Leite’s Culinaria, a deep and delicious food site run by David Leite, who I met briefly at BlogHer Food in Seattle last month, and who can best be described as a modern-day Oscar Wilde. (Because if Wilde were alive today he would surely be overseeing a fabulous food blog).

Apparently you can do this with just about any vegetable as long as you slice it thin enough. I used fresh asparagus from the Farm Stand, and slices of bell pepper. Place them on top of a lemon slice, drizzle with olive oil, add a little sea salt, and wrap them up…

Yeah, that’s the hardest part about this whole thing. Following David’s instructions, I was able to create a workmanlike packet in which to steam my veggies.

And I was multi-tasking, too…

I know. Not terribly neat or pretty, but that’s my cross to bear. And besides, compared to the lady in this video, I’m the next Martha Stewart…


Veggies in parchment paper. You’ve probably been doing it like this for years. But if not, try it. They’re delicious and tender and even the kids eat them.

Wonder if I can do this with tomatoes… hmmm. Stay tuned. Could be blog fodder.



{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jayna July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Every time I use parchment, it smells like I’m burning the house down but I think I will give this a whirl since I need a new spin on veggies. Looks delish!


Jamie July 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

So healthy and tasty. The best way to flawlessly bake fish and chicken too!


Dorothy July 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

She is really lame on the folding!


Rae-Ann July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I love your writing style, thanks for sharing the parchment thing..As a former Pastry Chef I am familiar with parchment. How about Banana leaves? Fish is great wrapped in them!


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