This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Brown sugar squash and Brussels sprouts en papillote, p 352) was sans controversy (after the great plastic wrap mystery from 3 weeks ago and the odd fusion dish from last week…). Well sans controversy unless you count me not having foil or enough parchment paper to make little “en papillote” packets and being too lazy to head out in the cold to buy some 😉 (En papillote, for those who don’t know, is simply steaming food in the oven in little packages of parchment or foil. Serious Eats has some useful info in this article here).
Yeah so I totally didn’t even do the “en papillote” thing. Roasted the apples, Brussels sprouts and squash in the oven for around 40 minutes. Achieved some lovely caramelization from the brown sugar and, I think a nicer texture from the roasting than “en papillote” would have. Steamed veggies? Meh… Roasted veggies? Yes!
And while the roasting Brussels sprouts were a bit on the whiffy side, our resident fan of what my sister and I used to call “Barbie cabbages” (they’re totally the right size), Mr Neil, called them “really, really good”. And hey, not a hint of bacon anywhere! Win!
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