I don't cook seafood often. Why?
Well, honestly, I have no idea. I live in an area where there is abundant seafood available year round, from fish, oysters, shrimp, to lobsters and clams.
So this is getting me out of my comfort zone, just a little.
This month Karen"s Kitchen Stories is hosting the event, and her theme was "En Papillote".
The whole concept is ridiculously easy, get your ingredients together, wrap them in paper, place them in the oven and bake.
Pull out of the oven, open the paper and VOILA!!! Perfectly steamed and cooked food.
So, here's how I did it.
First off, I had to cut the parchment paper, I had thought of using my reusable parchment paper, but did not want to cut it.
I pulled out the paper, folded it in half and then cut a 'half heart' shape, so that when it was unfolded, it formed a heart shape.
Placed the filled packets in the oven for 8 minutes at 375 degrees, flipped them over with a tong, let the cook another 5 minutes, then flipped them over again and let them cook an additional 4 minutes. (I hate to admit I used frozen shrimp, but I had some in the freezer, so I used them, but they were local shrimp)
I served these as an appetizer and surprised my guests with something fun.
Recipe: Shrimp and Asparagus au Bearnaise en Papillote
375 degrees Cook for 15 minutes
1 lb. Shrimp (I used the 30-50 count) (they were frozen so took an additional couple of minutes to cook)
1 lb. Asparagus, washed and cut in thirds
1/2 package Knorr Bearnaise Sauce mix
3 Tablespoons Home Made Butter
Divide the shrimp and Asparagus into three portions, and place the shrimp on one side of the prepared parchment paper, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon Bearnaise Sauce Mix, then place a portion of the Asparagus on top of the shrimp,
The asparagus came out crisp tender, the shrimp were perfectly cooked, sweet and tender. This was a fun dish to make, but I think next time I will cut the asparagus into thirds rather than halves. I served this as an appetizer, it would also go very well with some buttered noodles or Basmati Rice.
(Did I mention, that not only did I make this as an appetizer, but also had people in for dinner as well as had a plumber in working on my kitchen sink, cause it was plugged up, and it took him a while to get it cleared. No stress in my life, none.)