This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe is for Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote. Salmon is too fishy in flavor for me, so I substituted the much milder tilapia. Cherry, or grape, tomatoes are quickly seared in a skillet to enhance their flavor. I am only starting to eat any tomato that is not cooked to mush and sliced mine in half and cooked them a bit longer than the recipe called for to make them more palatable to me. I have to say I actually enjoyed the tomatoes quite a bit!
Freshly plucked basil leaves are placed on sheets of foil as a bed for the fish. The fish is then dressed simply with olive oil, thyme or rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Slices of lemon and more basil leaves lie atop the fish. The seared tomatoes are placed alongside the fish and the package is bundled up and tossed in the oven for a quick ten minutes or so.
This recipe is really quite lovely. Simple and elegant. I liked cooking en papillote and think you could try it on the grill as well. If I were serving this for guests I would use parchment paper for a prettier presentation. Tres parfait!