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They say not to dwell on the external, but sometimes it is the packaging that makes something special. That’s exactly why letters mean so much more than emails, even when the words are the same.
When it comes to cooking, there’s one package that deserves your praise: the humble parchment paper packet. While the oft-overlooked cooking method has a fancy-sounding name, en papillote, using it in your own kitchen is as easy as combining your ingredients on a sheet of parchment paper, folding it into a leak-proof packet, and throwing it in the oven.
Parchment paper is grease and leak resistant and locks in moisture and flavor, so all the elements of your dish combine in a beautiful medley that requires almost no work from you. Just make sure the edges of your folded packet are creased and tight. Best of all, you can just crumble up the parchment paper and toss it in the trash when you're done. Save the scrubbing for another night.
If you're at a loss for where to start, try these flavorful combinations:
Duck and Rice Packets
Baked Fish with Noodles
Chicken, Green Beans, and Sweet Potato Packets
Creamy Pasta and Chicken Packets