I’d like to introduce you to Brette Sember. She is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, which might be the best idea ever. Imagine 180 recipes that you can prepare without getting a single pot or pan dirty! I’m in, are you?
I’ll pass the microphone (or keyboard, I guess) over to Brette and she can tell you more. I asked her to bring us a fish recipe since you don’t really get any from me. I’m not a huge fish fan, but I figured that at least one or two of you might be.
Parchment Paper Means No Clean Up!
By Brette Sember
I love cooking, but sometimes the clean up gets to me. I set out to find a way to make dinner without having to do a sink full of dishes—and I found it in parchment paper! Parchment paper packet cooking is a wonderful, revolutionary method that decreases the amount of fat needed for cooking and locks in flavor and nutrients. Best of all, with parchment paper cooking, there is no mess to clean up– no pots and pans to scrub. The food cooks in a parchment paper packet in the oven, making this perfect for busy moms, people with small kitchens, and anyone tired of doing a sink full of dishes after dinner.
Parchment paper is recyclable and compostable. Cooking with parchment also means you can cook your entire meal in one oven without turning any burners or using lots of hot water to scrub pots and pans.
You can buy parchment paper in your grocery store next to the foil and plastic wrap, or online from sellers like Amazon. Wilton and Reynolds both make parchment. The secret of parchment paper is that it is coated with silicone, which keeps moisture and flavors in, and keeps food from sticking. You layer your food onto the paper (no pots, pans, or big mixing bowls needed), fold it and bake. It’s that simple!
Parchment paper packets are a snap to cook with. Cut off an 18-20 inch piece of parchment and place your food in the center. Leave at least 4 inches on the sides. Now, grab the long ends of the paper and have them meet in the air in the middle, then just fold them down until you get to the food. You’ll end up with a long package. Now all you have to do is simply twist each end. (You can see illustrations at: http://nopotcooking.com/index.php/technique/). Place the packets on a baking sheet or toaster oven tray for easy in moving them around.
Salmon with Veggies and Creamy Mustard Sauce
2 salmon fillets
1 cup snap peas
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 tbsp honey mustard
1 tbsp lime juice
4 baby carrots, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dill
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the salmon on the parchment and place the peas on top and around it. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl then pour over the top. Fold the parchment and bake for 20 minutes.
Brette Sember is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, published by Adams Media. She blogs about parchment paper cooking at www.NoPotCooking.com. She also writes the popular food blog www.MarthaAndMe.net. She is also the author of the upcoming titles The Organized Kitchen and The Muffin Tin Cook Book from Adams Media. Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 35 other books, including How to Parent with Your Ex, The Complete Credit Repair Kit, The Divorce Organizer & Planner, and The Complete Divorce. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, two children, and two golden retrievers. Her web site is www.BretteSember.com and you can follow her on Twitter @brettesember.
UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. The winner is Lindsay @ biking before bed! Congrats!
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book for free. However, all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post other than the free book.