Sunday, December 11, 2016

Snapper Backed in Parchment with Spring Vegetables

RECIPE IS FROM MYRECIPES.COM originally from Southern Living

This method makes French-style cooking easy. Each parcel of fish and veggies steams with its own delicious juices (a technique called en papillote). The package concentrates the flavors, and when opened at the table, it releases a dramatic cloud of aromatic steam.

MAKES 4 servings

1/2 pound fresh asparagus
8 sweet mini peppers
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
4 pickled okra pods, halved lengthwise
8 ounces small Yukon gold potatoes, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (17-inch) parchment paper or aluminum foil squares
4 (6- to 8-oz.) fresh snapper fillets, skin on I actually used Tilapia without skin
1 lemon, quartered I also added lemon pepper which gave it a nice spice
4 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Snap off tough ends of asparagus, and discard. Toss together asparagus, next 6 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Divide mixture among parchment paper squares; top each with 1 snapper fillet, skin side up. Sprinkle with remaining salt, and drizzle with remaining oil. Squeeze juice from lemon over fillets; and top each with 1 Tbsp. butter. Bring parchment paper sides up over mixture; fold top, and twist ends to seal. Place packets on a baking sheet.

2. Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 140° to 145° when inserted through paper into fish. Place packets on plates, and cut open. Serve immediately.

PARCHMENT IS BEST FOR: Fish fillets that are about 1 inch thick, such as snapper, flounder, sole, striped bass, and salmon.

EXPERT ADVICE: Packets must be tightly sealed so they don't come undone while baking. Make small, snug, overlapping folds to seal each bundle, and then twist the tail ends tightly closed.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


these are so good

I hope our new neighbors like the treat.

32 caramel squares, unwrapped
½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup butter, melted
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips I found that to be too much chocolate...


  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 pan or you can line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easier removal. The caramel gets very sticky. (This can also be made in a 9×13, by doubling the ingredients)
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Add flour, oats, and baking soda. Mix until combined well. 
  3. Divide the cookie mixture in half and pat half of the mix into the bottom of the 8×8 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  4. While the crust is baking, combine the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until completely melted and smooth. The caramels can also be melted in the microwave, just stir after every 30 seconds being careful not to let it burn. The microwave version worked very well when using my ceramic bowl. Very easy to clean. Also the heavy cream made the caramel stay perfectly gooey for days.
  5. Remove pan from the oven, immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the crust. Pour warm melted caramel mixture over the chocolate chips and crumble remaining cookie dough on top.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Once removed from the oven, allow them to completely cool and the caramel to set up. The caramel is like molten caramel right out of the oven and you want to let it cool. You can speed up the cooling process by putting it in the fridge if needed.
  8. Gluten Free Version: Use gluten free flour.
  9. Use certified gluten free oatmeal, can be found at Trader Joe's
  1. This was so easy to make using my Cuisinart. I have both an 11-cup and the 2-cup mini prep
  2. Can be made Gluten Free when using Gluten Free Flour and Gluten Free Oatmeal
    Thank you This Grandma Is Fun for the recipe.