Since the Polenta Packets were so quick, easy, and delicious I couldn’t wait to try another recipe from the “Packet Magic” article from Vegetarian Times (May/June 2010). This method really brings a lot of flavor to these dishes since the steam (and flavor) are trapped in the tightly sealed packet as it cooks. This same method could also be accomplished (with less waste!) if you have a Dutch Oven (I will soon be investing in one of these).
With a completely different flavor profile and texture than the Polenta Packets, but using the same simple method, the Spice Market Sweet Potato and Lentil packets are a new favorite of mine. I love the strong flavors of the curry, ginger, and sesame oil balanced by the sweetness of the sweet potatoes, golden raisins, and red peppers.
The recipe suggests a pairing with quinoa, but brown rice worked well too.
Two important notes about this recipe:
1.) To ensure the sweet potatoes are evenly cooked, make sure the sweet potatoes are evenly diced in 1/2″ cubes and that the packets are tightly sealed.
2.) The recipe lists prepared mango chutney as an “optional” ingredient, but I wouldn’t make this recipe without it. The sweet & sour flavors of the chutney complimented the other flavors so well that this ingredient elevated the dish from “good” to “WOW”.