Saturday, August 4, 2012

Baby Fennel Recipes



These recipes for baby fennel are great for gardeners who have planted fennel for the first time and would like to try some fennel recipes. Simple recipes are not only classics but really allow you to taste your produce.


Braised Baby Fennel


Ingredients

12 Baby Fennel Bulbs, whole or halved
(or 4-6 Large Fennel Bulbs, quartered)
¼ cup Olive Oil
3 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
6 Anchovy Fillets, rinsed, drained & chopped
Cracked Black Pepper
Salt

Method
  1. Cut off the stems from the top and add baby fennel bulbs to a pot of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over a medium-low heat and add garlic, anchovies and pepper. Cook gently until the anchovies begin to dissolve and the garlic softens.
  3. Add the cooked fennel to the fry pan. Stir to coat the fennel with the oil.
  4. Season with salt and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.



Roast Baby Fennel


Ingredients

4 – 6 Baby Fennel Bulbs
1 Onion
Olive Oil
Pepper
Salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 210°C/425°F.
  2. Cut off the stems of the fennel and slice the fennel bulbs into wedges.
  3. Cut onion into wedges also, slightly slimmer than the fennel.
  4. Toss the fennel and onion with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle olive oil in a roasting pan, and add the fennel and onions.
  6. Cover over with foil and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Cook uncovered for another 15-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender and caramelised.




Did you know…

  • Every part of Fennel can be eaten. Green sprigs, bulbs and seeds.
  • Fennel goes well with chicken, fish, pork, eggs, oranges, tomatoes and in most Mediterranean dishes.
  • Has medicinal used for the intestines, eyes, blood, improving milk production, and reduces the severity of coughs.
  • Traditionally used in gripe water for infants with colic.
  • Can be made into an aromatic tea.

My beautiful fennel grown in a Grow Bag

Do you have any fab fennel recipes you'd love to share?

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