Thursday, October 24, 2013

Islands in the Steam

Even though it's not cold enough outside yet to crank up the oven every night, it's starting and that is exciting!  Such a pleasure to open that door and slide your dinner inside and await the finished result.  You can clean up whilst the magic box does it's thing that only it can do.  I love all kinds of roasting and braising, the pizza stone, and now the packet pouches.  Each method provides a unique flavor transformation.
Tonight I took chicken breasts and layered vegetables and herbs for a wax paper packet dinner.  I had zucchini, onion, basil and tomatillo slices with red pepper sprinkles, garlic, salt and pepper. I squeezed lemon juice and a bit of soy sauce, wrapped it up and let it steam bake away.
I roasted some mushrooms on the side and they stayed bursting with juicy goodness on the inside.  The chicken was moist and infused with the essence of all his new buddies. 

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