Fish, in gift form.Gather Journal Fish in Cartoccio with Fennel
Call it in cartoccio or en papillote; the meaning, and preparation, are the same. A gift-like presentation—here with white fish, fennel, fronds and all—carefully wrapped in a round of parchment paper, then left to intermingle in the oven. Once ready, tear it open with the same gusto employed for holiday presents.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut 4 large pieces of parchment, about 15-inches long. Scatter ¼ of the fennel horizontally across each sheet, about ⅓ down the length of the paper. Top each with a piece of fish. Squeeze lemon halves over and sprinkle with zest, capers, and chopped fennel fronds. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with pepper.
Bring the long side of parchment over, then fold edges together, inch by inch, twisted in a rope style to form an airtight packet, much like a calzone. Place packets on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until fish is just cooked through, 12-15 minutes.