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Old 10-15-2018, 11:59 PM   #1
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Fresh fennel substitution

I have recipe for a sausage / fennel / ragu that I'm dying to try. Problem: none of the markets near me sell fresh fennel (bulb type). Any suggestions that I might use in place of fresh fennel ?
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:29 AM   #2
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You could use fennel seed for the flavor and celery for the fresh veggie crunch.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:18 AM   #3
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Depending on the store I go to, sometimes it's labeled as anise. I know, I know, fennel and anise are different plants, but that doesn't stop the produce markets from mislabeling it. One produce market I go to receives it in boxes with both names on it.

Is this the recipe you will be trying?



I made it a few days ago with fresh pasta. Mrs. T immediately said to put this on the "do again" list.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:54 PM   #4
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Fresh Fennel Substitution

Ha ha, Yes, indeed, that is the exact recipe I want to make. Tenspeed, how on earth did you read my mind ?
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:40 PM   #5
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Ha ha, Yes, indeed, that is the exact recipe I want to make. Tenspeed, how on earth did you read my mind ?
Lucky guess. As I mentioned, I made it with fresh pasta, and I am a huge fan of fresh pasta. I have a Philips automatic pasta machine, which makes fresh pasta with minimal effort. We have to go to a pretty expensive restaurant to get fresh pasta, so it pays for itself rather quickly.

By the way, I bought my first bottle of Amontillado the other day, for use in cooking. I haven't opened it yet, but I'll see if I can tell the difference between Amontillado and sherry.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:44 AM   #6
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Lucky guess. As I mentioned, I made it with fresh pasta, and I am a huge fan of fresh pasta. I have a Philips automatic pasta machine, which makes fresh pasta with minimal effort. We have to go to a pretty expensive restaurant to get fresh pasta, so it pays for itself rather quickly.

By the way, I bought my first bottle of Amontillado the other day, for use in cooking. I haven't opened it yet, but I'll see if I can tell the difference between Amontillado and sherry.
I wish you a happy experience with the Amontillado sherry. P.S. Amontillado is a variety of sherry from the Montilla region. It is darker than a fino, and lighter than a oloroso. Amontillado is also more heavily fortified than other types of sherry --- up to 17.5% alcohol.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:42 AM   #7
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I've never used fennel. Is it true that it tastes like liquorice? Can't stand liquorice so I've been afraid to try it.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:35 AM   #8
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I've never used fennel. Is it true that it tastes like liquorice? Can't stand liquorice so I've been afraid to try it.
Fresh fennel and fresh anise are sometimes mislabeled in the grocers. Fresh fennel also tastes a bit like anise seed. Give it a try. What do you have to lose ?
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I've never used fennel. Is it true that it tastes like liquorice? Can't stand liquorice so I've been afraid to try it.
K, I don't like licorice or anise, nor am I really fond of fresh fennel, though I will eat it. However, cooked fennel is delish. The first time I tried it was in Ina's potato and fennel gratin and I loved it. We use fennel fairly regularly now. In fact, just had some the other night with Italian sausage.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:09 AM   #10
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I find the use of fennel to be a nice addition to certain sauces..it can over power a dish, so use it very sparingly..I never put enough in for the flavor to come through too much but it's nice to bite into a seed once or twice while eating..it adds another dimension to the dish..goes well with pizza sauce, or tomato sauce, Italian style roast pork...
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