By Kara Heald
I am ready to jump into spring and this is an easy and delicious French-inspired fish dish for Easter weekend or any day of the week.
I like to prepare my salmon simply with salt, pepper, lemon and butter but feel free to add a pinch of your favourite spice (maybe some dill or red pepper flakes to spice it up).
Now, to prepare the vegetables a bit fancy, I used my handy-dandy spiralizer (because I have a kitchen gadget addiction). It is actually really great to make veggie "noodles" and so much fun that the kids love to try it too.
They have become fairly properly recently. (if you are curious, I have this one). It makes long strands out of vegetables and is fantastic to make a beautiful bed of zucchini and carrots for this recipe.
Of course, If you do not have a spiralizer, simply julienne the veggies or slice thinly. Have fun and enjoy making your own beautiful saumon en papillote!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cut 2 pieces of parchment paper to 16- to 18 inches long (about the size of a placemat). Fold in half, then cut a large half-heart shape out. When you unfold it, you will have a large, wide heart shape, which you will use to package the veggies and salmon.
In a medium skillet, sauté zucchini, carrot, onion and garlic on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, until just tender. Season with some salt and pepper as they cook. Remove from heat and place veggies on one half of each piece of parchment.
Place salmon fillets on the bed of veggies. Top each fillet with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a squeeze from one slice of lemon, 1/2 TBsp of butter (cut into small pieces) and a few thinly sliced pieces of lemon.
The final step is to fold your parchment to seal the package. To do this by folding the open edge of the parchment inward and over itself all around the entire edge to make a sealed seam. At the end, fold the corner under the package. Place the parchment packets on your baking sheet.
Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
Transfer package to a plate, rip open with a knife and serve! Enjoy with a nice crusty baguette. Et voila—bon appetit!
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