Do you know what fennel is? I grew up eating fennel so it was not foreign for me to see it on the table or for us to just snack on it and I always loved the flavor of fennel. That being said, 5+ years ago most of my friends stayed away from fennel, even my ex husband was not a fan of it…so I had to get sneaky on adding it to my recipes.
Other Fennel recipes I like to make:
- Sautéed fennel and onions (great side dish)
- Shredded raw fennel on a raw salad
- Added to vegetable soups for added flavor
- Fennel and mint compliment each other and can be a great salad in the summer
- Baked fennel….recipe here…see below
I was not planning on doing a blog post on fennel so I apologize for the photos but it was a great side dish so I wanted to share with you!
For those who have never seen a fennel bulb, here is a photo
Remove the top and bottom of the fennel bulb
cut into quarters and boil them for 10 minutes, this helps in par cooking them when they go to the oven, do not throw away the water from the fennel, you can use it as a broth or cool it down and drink it, it will help with digesting your food.
After they are boiled, place in a baking pan, place oil, salt/pepper, croutons and Italian parsley and bake
And here is the finished recipe…the croutons help not only by adding another layer of flavor but crunch to this dish and once baked the fennel takes on a nutty flavor. For those who find fennel to be a strong flavor, try this recipe as a side dish…fennel also helps in digesting food so it’s a healthy side!
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