August 16, 2013

Grilled Zesty Haddock & Vegetable Foil Packets


We spent a few hours working in the garden with friends and family a few days ago and found ourselves nearly overwhelmed with how much we had harvested in just one day.  I decided to use some of the freshly picked vegetables in foil packs with some haddock for dinner last night.  Foil packets are perfect for camping and grilling.  Not only are they a cinch to clean up, they also seal in flavor and lock in nutrients.    

Note:  I can't stress this enough.  When the packets are finished cooking, remove them from the grill with tongs or a pot holder because they will be hot.  Also, be very careful when opening the packets as the steam trapped inside could burn when released. 
    



Ingredients:
Yields 3 servings

  • 1 lb haddock fillets, cut into 3 serving pieces 
  • 1 lb green or wax beans 
  • 1 tomato, chopped 
  • 2 carrots, chopped 
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste 
  • 1 tbsp butter, for dotting 
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • Heavy duty tin foil 

Directions:

Preheat grill over medium heat.  

Cut three pieces of tin foil that are approximately 12 x 14 inches each.  Lightly coat each piece of foil with cooking spray.  

Place the beans, tomato and carrots evenly in the center of each foil square.  Season the vegetables with half of the cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne.  Lightly drizzle the vegetables with olive oil.  Place the haddock fillets on top of the vegetables and season with the remaining half of the cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne.  Dot the top of each haddock fillet with butter.  Place sliced lime on top of the fish.  

Gather two sides of the foil up to the top.  Fold the edges about one inch down two times to seal, leaving some room between the fish and the foil.  Gather the remaining open edges and fold up about one inch to seal, leaving some room between the fish and the foil to allow for steaming and expanding while cooking.  
Grill over medium heat for 20 minutes.  Carefully remove the foil packets from the grill with tongs or a pot holder.  Cut an X in the top of each foil packet and peel back to open, being careful not to burn yourself from any steam that escapes.  

Enjoy!  




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