papillote

Pronunciation: [pah-pee-YOHT; PAH-peh-loht]

1. The French word for a paper frill used to decorate the tips of rib bones, such as those on crown roasts. 2. En papillote refers to food baked inside a wrapping of greased parchment paper. As the food bakes and lets off steam, the parchment puffs up into a dome shape. At the table, the paper is slit and peeled back to reveal the food.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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