My mom can’t figure out why I love to cook and have dinner parties, because her dream house comes without a kitchen! The fact is, I do love to have people over and conversation is always fun and lively when food and drink is involved.
An important rule that I’ve made for myself is that most of the dishes need to be able to be prepared somewhat ahead of time so that when the guests arrive, I can enjoy their company without focusing too much on the cooking.
This meal is almost perfect…Of course, there will always be last minute things to do when you are serving a meal to anyone, but this is an entire meal in a smart parchment paper packet. The French call it “en papillote”… I call it amazing. The concept is that the food is sealed inside the paper (you can also use foil) and it steams to cook. This can be a low-fat and tasty way to prepare your food. This recipe does include butter to give just that little extra silkiness to the sauce.
There are a few Gr8 things about this meal. The first is that the parchment packets make a beautiful presentation when served to your guests. Also, you can use almost any vegetable/herb combination you like and use any liquid. Be Cre-8-ive!
If you don't have parchment you can also use foil. Foil does not have to be cut into the heart shape because it can be crimped; so just make small rectangular packets.
Peel the garlic and, using a garlic press, press the garlic cloves into the vegetable mixture. Or, peel and smash the cloves well with the side of a butcher knife. (careful!)
The packets can be made up to two hours ahead of time. Place them on the baking sheets and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature while the oven heats. Then bake and serve!