My preliminary introduction to packet cooking was positively some type of hodgepodge meal put collectively in foil and thrown on a grill at summer time camp overnights. (Sure, together with banana boats!) Not a foul first take, however that’s simply the tip of the iceberg with regards to this cook-friendly technique.

Packet cooking has a variety of issues going for it. In case you’re a household, it’s enjoyable to let everybody select and assemble their very own parcels. Enclosing meals in parchment or foil packets permits for steaming, a very environment friendly cooking technique that’s light sufficient for delicate proteins, particularly fish. As a result of the steam is so intense and cooks the outside of the meals so shortly, it’s finest to stay with smaller cuts and items of greens. The sealed surroundings traps moisture — no dry meals right here! — and allows you to infuse the components with quite a lot of flavors, particularly wine and herbs. And, in fact, the cleanup, whether or not you’re popping the packets into the oven or onto the grill, is minimal when every part is self-contained. There’s additionally the dramatic reveal, when every diner can open their packet and be greeted with a whoosh of fragrant steam.

So let’s take a gander by way of our archives for some nice choices that will help you observe packet cooking.

Cajun Shrimp in Foil Packets. Daring spices and andouille sausage make this straightforward recipe pop. The yield is 8 servings, nice for a gaggle, although it additionally consists of an choice for freezing parts to cook dinner later.

Fish en Papillote. A heady mix of herbs, pepper, lemon and wine lends oomph to fish fillets. Strive with cod, pompano or trout.

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