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FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

Okay, I’ll admit it — I was a little skeptical about this French Fridays with Dorie. Not because of the brussels sprouts or the squash, because I really like both of those vegetables, but because they were steamed. Why steam vegetables, when you can roast them? Needless to say, I am not a huge fan of the steamed vegetables. But, I set my vegetable preparation beliefs aside and I made the recipe pretty much as written and well, I really liked this one.

A couple of notes: Instead of a sage leaf in each packet, I used some dried sage tossed in with the salt, pepper and olive oil. For the butternut squash, I substituted a small delicata squash. And finally, I used the parchment paper heart method for the en papillote-ing.*

I believe I’ll even try making this one again, but add a piece of fish to the bottom of each packet — maybe halibut or salmon. I probably would have tried it this time but I was way too lazy to stop and get fish on my way home from work, which is how a lot of meals end up vegetarian.

As a reminder, all of these FFwD posts are recipes from the cookbook, Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Okay, here’s a link to all the posts this week and my photos below!

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

* Fold a piece of parchment in half and cut out a heart. Lay the vegetables on one side, fold over the other side and working around the edge, crimp it shut. Voilà! A parchment packet ready for steaming.

10 comments to FFwD: Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote

  • Brussels sprouts are at their best roasted, but I really liked this one as well. (And easy clean up!)

  • I liked the method but would like to try a different mix of vegetables (without the apple). Your photos are great!

  • mlb

    Cher: Definitely easy clean up! And yep, agree with you on the roasting. But, I always do that and it was kind of fun to try cooking them a different way!
    Susan: Thanks! 🙂

  • Yes, a piece of salmon would have made for a nice 1 bag meal with no cleanup. Also, I’m impressed with your parchment skills; your little parcels look much neater than mind did.

  • I love the idea of putting fish in with the veggies! I broiled salmon to go along with it, and that was a very nice pair. I imagine salmon cooked right in the packet would make for a lovely meal. I liked how fresh this turned out, given how earthy I think squash and sprouts can be. It was an interesting contrast to roasting. And beautifully done here – nice job!

  • Me too, I like the idea of adding fish to the packet. Did you know that you can eat the peel of delicata squash? That would make it even easier…

  • Love your comment about laziness leading to vegetarian meals – that can be so true! I really like your idea of adding fish underneath the veggies, too. And your first photo is beautiful.

  • Beautiful photo and you got the steam! I was going to try to do that but nobody at my dinner table is patient enough to let me try stuff like that! I am bookmarking this to show them what they deny me! Thanks for making this dish look so beautiful!

  • Gorgeous photos ! I used the ground sage as well and did like the flavor it added to this combo. I know roasting would be lovely also, but I did like experimenting with this technique again – I think the last time I used it was for fish and tomatoes when Nana and I did a FFWD recipe while visiting Martha’s Vineyard. Too much time passed between attempts on a very quick and easy way to cook.

  • Renee

    This one was good. I have never cooked with a delicata squash before. How fun to mix it up a bit! A piece of fish would be a nice addition but I totally understand not wanting to make a stop when you are on your way home. And once home, forget about going out again!