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Multi-Ethnic Fish in a Packet Recipe

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Joslyn Aubin
Added: Saturday, September 9, 2006


2 firm fish fillets or steaks (5 - 6 ounces each), or 1 larger fillet
(10 - 12 ounces) cut in half (we usually use salmon)
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups coarsely chopped mustard greens or bok choy
2 scallions, chopped
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp dark sesame oil
chili oil (optional)

fish (see above)
1 small tomato or bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 scallions, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 1 lime
1/2 fresh chile, minced, or a few dashes of Tabasco
dash of salt and ground black pepper

fish (see above)
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup dry white wine
dash of salt and ground black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram or basil (1 tsp dried)
6 black olives, halved & pitted

fish (see above)
1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb
1 small tomato, sliced
8 thin slices red onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (1 tsp dried)
dash of salt and ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450

Take 2 12x24-inch sheets of aluminum foil and fold each
sheet over to make a double-thick square. Brush a little
oil on the center part of each square. Then turn up the
sides a bit to make a sort of "bowl".

Rinse the fish and prepare all ingredients. Put half the
fish in the center of each foil bowl and then add half of any
non-sauce ingredients on top (i.e. rice, mustard greens,
tomato, olives, zucchini, etc.) In a small bowl, mix together
all sauce ingredients (oil, liquids, spices) and then pour
half over each serving.

Fold the foil into airtight packets. Bake for 20 minutes.
Carefully avoiding the steam that will be released, open a
packet and check that the fish is fully cooked.

To serve, carefully open the foil and transfer the contents
to plates or bowls.

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30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
These are my favorite fish dishes
ever and high up on my list of best all-time recipes.
They are very easy to make, and include your protein
and vegetables all in one dish. Add a grain side dish
for a complete meal. You can prepare the packets
ahead of time and store them in the fridge until guests
come over, then pop the packets in the oven 20 minutes
before you're ready to eat. You can also play around
with the ingredients a lot, and just have fun thinking of
what ingredients you have that seem "Asian" or "Greek".
Finally, because you prepared and cooked everything
in the foil package, there are no dishes to clean!
Have fun making a fancy dessert from the country
you chose with all the time you saved making this easy
dish. I made this for Tina weekly when we lived in
New York and didn't have kids. I think we'll
be making this a lot again, in, oh...about 16 years.




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