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Do you have any good recipes for cooking in aluminum foil or parchment paper?

Asked by JLeslie (57055points) February 7th, 2010

I’m so tired of washing pots and pans; I hate it. So I have decided to start cooking more in the oven, being able to line pans with aluminum foil for very easy clean up. I feel a little guilt about the extra trash it creates, but I use much less water for clean up.

I have a few roasts I know how to make, and I made meatballs in the oven last week that came out great.

I have never used parchment paper, but I would guess it is better for the environment than aluminum foil?

Thanks ahead of time for your recommendations and recipes.

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KatawaGrey's avatar

Baked potatoes out of foil of some kind are delicious. I stick ‘em in at 475 degrees for between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on size. They taste delicious!

Bonus: You can re-use the foil instead of throwing it out right away. :)

tedibear's avatar

Baked potatoes don’t even need the foil. Poke holes in them and put them on the shelf to bake. Stick a metal skewer through them and they’ll bake even faster.

Pick a fish you like, brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with lemon juice, add your favorite seasonings and bake it at 350. Check it at 12 minutes and keep going until it’s done to your liking. You can also use lime for this. I do the same thing with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but at 425. You can do your veggies in another packet in the same oven but for a shorter time. Toss them in a little olive oil or chicken broth and give them about 7 or 8 minutes.

As well, you can do these things on the grill when the season comes.

dpworkin's avatar

It’s fun to cook with paper. Delicate fish does really well: wrap the edges tight in a circle around some filleted fish, lain on top of fragrant`veggies, and bake. Yum.

Seek's avatar

Roasted garlic – Cut the tops off whole heads of garlic, put a pat of butter on top, wrap in foil, and bake at 350 for about ½ hour.

Hobo parcels – Bits of whatever meat you happen to have, throw in some chopped potato, tomato, and some assorted mixed vegetables. Wrap them up in foil (it should be totally sealed, and look like a bag) and grill over hot coals.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I save energy by baking bread at the same time in the oven. The only time I’ve used parchment is when a Joy of Cooking Recipe calls for it. I’ve done both the recipes that @Seek_Kolinahr gave, both are excellent.

JasonsMom08's avatar

Wrap coarsley cut peppers and onions, or summer squash, zucchini and onions in foil packets. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite cooking herbs (oregano, basil). Cook in the oven under veggies are tender. These are best cooked on the grill too! Sooo yummy. Enjoy!

thriftymaid's avatar

I sometimes do veggies in parchment paper. Just put whatever you like in a heap, fold it up (sometimes you have to use a staple), bake it. Open it and drizzle with butter or olive oil and enjoy.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I use foil as a substitute for the mounds of seaweed traditionally used in a clambake, since I live about 100 miles from the ocean. Just wrap everthing in foil, rake the coals aside, lay everything out, cover with about an inch of sand, then rake the coals back over it all. About 45 minutes later everything is yummy.

partyparty's avatar

Why not try salmon, just add some herbs, and couple of pieces of lemen then wrap it up in parchment and cook in the oven for about twenty minutes. It retains its flavour and keeps nice and moist. Lovely

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