Fennel

barb_roselover_inJune 20, 2014

I am trying to incorporate more fennel into my diet. Can some of you give your favorite uses for this ? I have currently used it mostly in salads. Thanks for any advice. Barb

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plllog

I just charred some for pizza topping. Slice thick, coat very lightly (best on the edges, not down between the layers), and set on a hot grill or grill pan (I used a cast iron grill plate under the hood) until good and charred, and tender in the middle. Remove the stem and chop.

You can use fennel instead of onions in a lot of recipes that don't specifically require an onion flavor. Use in your base vegetables. It's good, and less obtrusive, grated and sauteed or steamed (chilled if going in a cold dish) in sandwiches, salads and soups, or even as a topping for cottage cheese.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 2:19PM
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dcarch7

Taught some kids how to make this:

dcarch

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 2:30PM
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plllog

OMG! That's adorable!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 2:44PM
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ruthanna_gw

This is an old fennel thread with some interesting recipes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fennel Fest

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 3:15PM
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publickman

Here are some Italian recipes for fennel. I have a hard time getting DB to eat it, however, and so I seldom make it, but when I do, I usean Italian recipe, like one of these. I normally add Italian sausage to the fennel dishes that I make, in addition to pasta.

Lars

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 3:43PM
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sleevendog

In soups and chowders all winter...and as Lars mentioned, a good companion to sausage and pasta dishes...
Now that the garden is in full bloom, i've been making sweet and sour slaws....a bit different every weekend so it doesn't get repetitive but not a mayo base....just apple cider vinegar and some mustard, a bit of maple syrup, lemon....beets, carrots, cabbage, dill and fennel...
So yeah it is a salad but can be changed up with a bit of toasted sesame oil and toasted seeds...and it lasts a few days in the fridge and added to a pasta salad or lentils or any bean salad...

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 11:48PM
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Islay_Corbel

Nice in risotto

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 1:47AM
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ruthanna_gw

A little off-topic but I love viewing your photos, sleevendog.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:12AM
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sleevendog

Crappy cell phone pics but our families are all over...Del, SC, Portland, Miami, Idaho...
We all send each other pics of our gardens and foods...our way of keeping in touch...
So i often have an overload of food prep pics, : )
More prep than platings...
Served this side salad with arepas last night...spiced up the masa with habanero, mustard and tumeric...and filled with sprouted grains and goat cheese...and forgot to take a pic!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:39AM
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barb_roselover_in

Thanks everybody for the recipes. The Italian ones really sound good, but I have a feeling they have lots of sodium and much to my dismay that is a no-no. Will see if I can adjust some of the ingredients in them. Surely there is a way that i can enjoy a little bit. Barb

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:55PM
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seagrass_gw

I add a bulb of sliced fennel to potatoes and onions when I roast them with a chicken.

Fennel also pairs well in a sauté with thick diagonal slices of zuchinni. Omit the salt, but use fresh black pepper. Cook single layer in a bit of olive oil until browned and softened on both sides. Can make a little or a lot and keep warm in a low oven. Squeeze some lemon juice over them once cooked and dust with Parmesan.

I also put diced fennel in bread stuffing along with onions, celery, carrots and sliced shiitakes. Fresh herbs in place of poultry seasoning blend if too much salt. Use a stale baguette - cut or torn into rough pieces. Mix raw veggies with the bread, put in a deep buttered casserole, cover with a split whole chicken and roast uncovered until chicken is done. (The veggies steam cook below the bird and the juices baste the bread cubes - find a dish that will hold the chicken tightly).

seagrass

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 4:14PM
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