Originally Posted by baking fool
that's what i thought. just as many things can be grilled, or roasted (or microwaved
) many things could be cooked en papilotte. how do i say it though? veggies en papilotte?
Yes, bakingfool, many things can be cooked en papillote. Salmon is delicious, as are chicken breasts. You are correct in how you reference these dishes. Salmon would be salmon en papilotte. Chicken...chicken en papillote. You get the idea.
You don't get quite the same result if you use oven cooking bags because they have to have slits cut in them. Otherwise there is a risk of them exploding/popping open during cooking because of the buildup of steam. The parchment, as you guessed, breathes enough and the parchment "packets" do puff a bit. That's nothing to worry about.
Some cooks will brush the unsealed edges with egg white before crimping to ensure a more secure seal. I've never had a problem not doing that.