The next time you host a dinner party, why not make a simple and elegant fish en papillote? It's easy to assemble the fish and vegetable packets ahead of time, and while guests are nibbling appetizers, you can pop them in the oven. It's virtually a no-hassle meal that's healthy, and if using seasonal vegetables like asparagus, affordable. It's also fun for everyone to open their own packet at the table. The best thing, however, is the cleanup. All you have to do is toss the parchment paper in the garbage and the dishes in the dishwasher. Seriously, you'll feel like the dinner party threw itself! Want the recipe? Read on.
4 cups baby spinach Serves 4.
4 tilapia fillets (6 to 7 oz each)
8 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
8 oz thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into lengths about 2 in. long
4 tsp each capers and minced shallots
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 to 12 thin slices lemon
4 cups baby spinach