I'd had a long day today, and was not feeling that great when I got home to make dinner. Unfortunately my husband had a longer day than me and needed to eat. I opened the fridge, debated the leftover turkey burgers, then peered behind them, begrudgingly acknowledging the fantastically on-sale, wild-caught Alaskan salmon that needed to be cooked soon. Crap. I scrambled around in some books and came across this recipe for salmon and green beans baked in parchment. Damn I love Martha Stewart sometimes. Just put everything in some paper, fold it up, and cook it. Easy enough. May I puff up my feathers for a second to say that I had everything ready right when he walked in the door AND managed to use up a few lemons. Huzzah!
This one's a healthy bundle of joy in your face that's easy to make and tastes amazing. Cooking in parchment paper is not only a healthy alternative to pan-frying, but it is also a SUPER easy cleanup in both prep and consumption. Just plop the little parchment envelopes on a plate and voila! I haven't tried it with farmed salmon ( I'm scared to because this spoiled me), but I imagine it's good.
- 2 6-oz fillets (thereabout) salmon, skin on if you want
- 1/4 lb green beans, trimmed
- coarse salt and pepper
- wide slices of rind from 1 large lemon
- 2 tsp olive oil (or just wing it a bit)
- parchment paper at least 13 in. wide
- kitchen twine (optional)
The first fold, the envelope, I think is easier to access the fish from and it looks cool. Take the two longer ends of the paper and fold them three times over to make a fold, much like folding the cuff on a shirt. This should wrap the paper close to the fish. Take the two shorter ends and fold them under the packet one at a time, tying them with kitchen twine if necessary.
The second fold is easier to do but not as fancy-schmancy. Simply take the two long ends and fold them once together, then twist the parchment on both of the short ends. It should look like a giant piece of candy. The key is to make sure the parchment is completely sealed. Do NOT open them to check and see if the food is done or you will let the steam escape!