25 February 2010

Fish Parcels Inspired By Jamie Oliver



Jamie Oliver's Fish Parcels

I made this dish a while ago, but have been having trouble posting about it. Why you ask? Most likely because there is not really just one recipe or even a real recipe at all. This is the type of dish that is wide open to interpretation. Use your imagination and utilize whatever you have available and/or whatever suits your fancy. I watched Jamie Oliver make this dish on his show Oliver Twist and wanted to prepare it for guests ever since!!!What is important is the technique involved with cooking your fish and vegetables to make them succulent, juicy and appealing. With a little knowledge about the vegetables and the fish you are using for this recipe you will be happy with the results.



 Potatoes  are always such a winning combination with fish, so I've added them to this dish, using fantastic baby potatoes which can be found at the grocers this time of year. They are very versatile while not being floury nor waxy, just somewhere in the middle, so they're great for baking and boiling. Boil your spuds until cooked, then drain and set them to one side to allow to cool. Slice them up roughly if they are larger.

First make your 4 aluminum foil or greaseproof paper bags. Do this by taking pieces of foil or greaseproof paper large enough to create an envelope to hold your fish. Keep in mind that each envelope or parcel will be served to each guest for them to open on their plate.  Next fold each piece in half then fold up the 2 ends tightly, giving you an ‘envelope’.

Preheat the oven to 250ºC/475ºF/gas 9. You can add sliced red onion, sweet peppers, thinly sliced fennel, lemon slices, stoned black olives, hot red chilies, cherry tomatoes...you see where I am going here...you just do as you like. If you are using baby artichokes which are available this time of the year peel back the artichoke leaves, remove the chokes with a teaspoon, then rub the artichokes with lemon juice to stop them from discolouring and slice very thinly. Put the artichokes/other vegetables and potatoes in a bowl with the melted butter, thyme, parsley and capers and season well. You can also use whatever herbs you have on hand that you feel would go nicely with the fish such as dill, lemon verbena, basil or whatever you have on hand.  Toss together and divide between the bags.

There'll be a little butter left over in the bottom of the bowl, so you can add a little olive oil to it and use this to rub on to the fish pieces. Season the fish then place on top of the potatoes and artichokes. You can also use whatever fish you choose, or even skate, as long as it is a firm-fleshed fish such as haddock, cod or John Dory.

Add a glass of wine to each bag with a sprig of rosemary if you like, tightly sealing the final side and pulling up the corners so that the liquid is contained.

Bake on a roasting tray in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. By this time the bags will be beautifully puffed up. Serve at the table so that your guests can open their bags themselves, leaving a plate of really flavoursome vegetables, fish and juice. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, and a nice green salad.

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23 comments:

  1. I love the ease and versatility of this dish, Val. You've combined a scrumptious selection of veggies with the fish. I can imagine that the aroma was wonderful when the packets were opened up.

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  2. I've seen Jamie Oliver make these foil parcels and add a number of ingredients...I think it's a wonderful way to cook and allow the natural flavours of the produce shine. And the possibilities, as you said, are endless!

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  3. I love poaching fishes in a pouch like this.. and adding beer to the equation.. yumm, that's sounds good! You need posts that print out Val! :)

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  4. We do this on the grill frequently and also with chicken as my husband will not eat fish. Great either way!
    xoxo Pattie

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  5. I like this recipe, how healthy it is, and that you have the entire entree cooked in one step.

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  6. I love these little packets, they are my fav way to cook fish.

    Tiffany
    http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com/

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  7. Yum! What a great way to entertain. Everyone feels like they're getting a present!

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  8. I always seem to forget about these simple, all-in-one meals. Thankyou for the reminder!

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  9. Jamie Oliver rocks. I've yet to try a recipe of his I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Even if there's no hard & fast recipe here---I love that it's open to interpretation and can be made with whatever you have on hand.

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  10. I would be so happy if one of these parcels were to be delivered to my plate. Awesome and so easy!!!

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  11. Jamie loves doing things in foil parcels!! Hoping to go to his restuarant just down the road(well 40 miles) in a few weeks (Fifteen Cornwall). Am v excited. Dish looks delish

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  12. Lovely little parcels!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. I think I saw this one too and love this was to do fish!

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  14. first of all, 'oliver twist' is a fabulous name for a jamie oliver show--kudos to whomever came up with that!
    secondly, any food that's prepared in bundle- or package-form is fun and automatically a winner. :)

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  15. Thanks everyone. Think how easy this would be if you were camping and caught your own fish or you can have your kids individualize them to their own tastes.

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  16. I don´t see it. But i want to buy his toes are new book I totally agree, fish and potatoes are always a winner combination

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  17. Vall this look delicious, I love James Oliver recipes, xxgloria

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  18. I love this kind of meal, especially in the warm weather. Jamie is great at getting people in the kitchen, I always enjoy his food. Yum!

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  19. Baked parcel meals are "all in one" dishes. Good for the weeknight or for guests.

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  20. I love cooking in packets like this! I have forgotten about it though. Thanks for posting this! It looks delicious!

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  21. Oh what a great recipe! Looks delicious!

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  22. What a beautiful meal! Sounds simple to prepare, yet makes everyone at the table feel so special.

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