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Old 01-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #1
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How to cook fennel?

I have never eaten fennel (I think). What are some easy and tasty ways to cook fennel on its own?

Could I steam them and then flavor them in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and chopped garlic? Like this garlic broccoli recipe:

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Old 01-05-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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fennel is a very delicately flavored bulb. It is delightfully crisp and refreshing raw in a salad or with chilled seafood (ie shrimp)

It chops and cooks much like onion, and in fact mixes very well with onion. I like to slice both paper thin and saute and top broiled salmon with it. It is also great cooked in marinara sauce with the other aromatic veg.

Saute and simmer in broth on its own. Add to soups and stews (especially seafood soups like bouillabaisse.) great with roasted pork.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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Great ideas, Robo. I was looking for some new ideas for fennel, & did a search here. I came across a few recipes that I want to give a go.

Baked Fennel w/ Parmesan, nutmeg, cream & walnuts

Baked Fennel with Parmesan Recipe

Baked Fennel w/ bacon, sage, white wine & Parmesan cheese

Baked Fennel with Parmesan Recipe

Fennel apple salad w/ radicchio, dijon, shallots, Parm, etc.

Fennel Apple Salad - Recipe.com
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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It never occurred to cook fennel. Interesting. I usually use it in salads the same way I would use celery.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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Fennel is also lovely baked with onions. Just quarter the bulbs ad some sliced onion. Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of sea salt and ground black pepper and pop in the oven.
Or thinly sliced fennel in salad, fennel baked with fresh white fish fillet like hake and lemon butter, fennel slices and orange segments also make a nice salad etc etc.
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I take the fennel and dip it in 100% whey protein chocolate shake powder (for weight lifters) then deep fry it.
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Almost forgot, this is not the healthiest option but it's darn good! Try sliced fennel dipped in tempura batter and deep fried. Very yum!
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Almost forgot, this is not the healthiest option but it's darn good! Try sliced fennel dipped in tempura batter and deep fried. Very yum!
That sounds wonderful. Thanks, Snip.
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I add fennel to turkey or chicken soup. Love it. I like it raw in salads. I have baked it, but I prefer it either in soup to bump up the flavor or raw.
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That sounds wonderful. Thanks, Snip.
Only a pleasure, glad I could help.
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