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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Salmon with Boursin Cheese & Tomatoes en Papiotte

We'd been driving for 3 plus hours south east from Dijon to Thonon-les-Bains to visit friends. Normally this trip would be filled with some good music, sleeping (for me) and talks of future travels and projects. This time, with our 9 month old daughter, it was filled with Nirvana's MTV unplugged album on repeat (it was a surefire way to get her to sleep), and talks of potentially stopping at the next rest stop, what she was going to eat, and diapers. Wow, how times have changed.

So after what seemed like endless driving on the French highways, mediocre rest stops and not much napping on my part, a late lunch and a little rosé in the garden of our friends' home was welcome. And for lunch? A wonderful fillet of salmon baked en papiotte (in a parchment paper pocket) with boursin cheese and tomatoes. It was so delicious and so flavorful. Even our 9 month old daughter loved it!

Now that we are back home, I wanted to recreate this wonderful lunch that we had on our arrival. And it wasn't just because we had been driving that it tasted so good.

Not only is this salmon impressive, it only requires 4 ingredients! It's a great entertaining meal because you can prepare everything in advance and put the parchment pockets in the fridge until you are ready to bake. Then place them in the oven and that's it! You still get to socialize while dinner is being baked in the oven. Serve the parchment pockets directly on your guests plates so they get to open the package themselves to see what's inside!

Salmon with Boursin Cheese & Tomatoes en Papiotte
Serves 4

4 Fillets of Salmon
1 pkg Boursin Cheese
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
1 cup Tomato, diced 

Place each fillet of salmon on one side of a large piece of parchment paper (should be large enough to fold over and roll the edges). Spread each fillet with a 1/4 of the boursin cheese. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the parsley and tomato. Fold the parchment paper over. Then fold all the sides to form a sealed pocket. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. Serve in the pockets!


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