baked fennel

12.17.09

Fennel is a very under-used vegetable in my kitchen. Its existence has been limited to rare appearances in salads until now. Creamy, a touch of spice and crisp fennel all in one dish? I had seen a recipe in the Rachael Ray Magazine and had been dying to make it for some time. I believe it was part of a thanksgiving meal, but I don’t need turkey to eat this :)

Recipe:

4 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced (reserve leaves for garnish)

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 1/2 Tbsp cream cheese

2 Tbsp half & half

salt & pepper, cayenne pepper

parmesan cheese, freshly grated

roasted garlic chips* (if desired)

whole wheat panko (if desired)

Sauté fennel slices in a pan with broth until softened and broth has evaporated. Mix together cream cheese, half & half and cayenne. Add to warm fennel mixture and stir until combined. Pour fennel into ramekins and top with parmesan, roasted garlic chips and panko. Broil until cheese has melted and formed a crust. Sprinkle with fennel leaves and serve! This made 2-3 servings.

*Note on the garlic chips: This was a culinary mistake turned delicious. I love when that happens! I was roasting garlic to add to the fennel mixture and before I knew it, the garlic was hard and dark brown. Instead of tossing it I chopped it into pieces and added it to the fennel at the end.

22 Comments ( Reply )

  1. dallas
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    looks great- which I had some time to cook
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  2. dallas
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    looks great- which I had some time to cook
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  3. Tracey
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    mmmm….garlic chips!

    Looks like a good dish. What exactly is fennel?

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  4. Tracey
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    mmmm….garlic chips!

    Looks like a good dish. What exactly is fennel?

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  5. Tricia
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    It sounds great, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Tricia
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    It sounds great, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Tut
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    Did the garlic chips have an intense or mild flavor???

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

      It wasn’t too intense – it had a nice flavor of garlic and a little burnt flavor…but not in a bad way!

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  8. Tut
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    Did the garlic chips have an intense or mild flavor???

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    • anutritionisteats
      Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

      It wasn’t too intense – it had a nice flavor of garlic and a little burnt flavor…but not in a bad way!

      Reply

  9. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    I have never tried making fennel anything.. but I am thinking of giving this recipe a try. Thanks

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  10. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    I have never tried making fennel anything.. but I am thinking of giving this recipe a try. Thanks

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  11. mary beth
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    i have also never tried making fennel. i will have to try this for sure!!

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  12. mary beth
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    i have also never tried making fennel. i will have to try this for sure!!

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  13. Naomi (onefitfoodie)
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    LOVE fennel! I always get bored just roasting it so this sounds fabulous! thank you for the recipeeee

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  14. Naomi (onefitfoodie)
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    LOVE fennel! I always get bored just roasting it so this sounds fabulous! thank you for the recipeeee

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  15. Lynn at The Actors Diet
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    i like fennel baked, but not raw

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  16. Lynn at The Actors Diet
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    i like fennel baked, but not raw

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  17. Lynn at The Actors Diet
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    i like fennel baked, but not raw this looks like a great recipe to try!

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  18. Lynn at The Actors Diet
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    i like fennel baked, but not raw this looks like a great recipe to try!

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  19. eatmovelove
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    Great post! Nice blog :). I’ve heard mixed reactions to fennel , but I guess I should try it? Maybe your method baked with other herbs and spices would jazz it up. Look healthy but decadent. Great photo! Check out my blog if you ever wish, love new readers!!

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  20. eatmovelove
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    Great post! Nice blog :). I’ve heard mixed reactions to fennel , but I guess I should try it? Maybe your method baked with other herbs and spices would jazz it up. Look healthy but decadent. Great photo! Check out my blog if you ever wish, love new readers!!

    Reply

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