Pescado en Papillote

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Our neighbor gave us two freshly caught fish last night (already gutted and scaled). She called them “carpas” in Spanish, pointed generally south, and indicated they’d gone fishing that day in Provo. The big one probably was a carp, but the little one was a catfish. We invited family over to help cook and eat them.

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I recommended filleting them and frying or sauteing. Working with the cold dead things with their still-bulging eyes gave me a bit of the oogies, so the eventual plan to make them “en papillote”–paper wrapped, was an easy, tidy solution. We seasoned them with olive oil, salt, and pepper; wrapped them in newspaper with lemon slices and crushed garlic cloves; tied them up with cotton quilting scraps; soaked the paper; and grilled them over our firepit.

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We also threw some potatoes into the coals.

I made my new favorite lemon cake, but failed to adjust cooking time for a round cake pan vs. a loaf pan, so ended up with a dark brown rind. In the end, everything was a bit charred, and rather bland.

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The Boogedy was just happy to see his Aunties and Uncle.

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3 Responses to “Pescado en Papillote”


  1. 1 Marian May 13, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I am not sure about the healthiness of cooking with those newspapers and the ink heating? en papaillote usually is cooking in parchment paper. Maybe you could wrap in flavorless parchment and then in soaked newspaper? hmmm Sound like it wasn’t all that tasty anyway…

  2. 2 Jeremiah May 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    That could have been me enjoying that bland fish if it were not for that god forsaken work I have to go to all the time 😦

  3. 3 Robin May 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    My god I can’t believe you ate carp. You ate CARP. Everybody knows you cook carp on a board and throw away the carp to eat the board.


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