Here fennel is cooked in the traditional French technique, a la grecque, which is a term for cooking vegetables in an infusion of herbs, spices and lemon. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1994

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  • Tie coriander seeds, peppercorns, thyme, parsley and bay leaves together in a piece of cheesecloth. Whisk together broth, wine, lemon juice, tomato paste and water in a medium bowl.

  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the onion and half the fennel; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are limp and starting to color, about 10 minutes. Pour in half the broth mixture, tuck the spice bag into the vegetables and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fennel is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the mixture to a large bowl, reserving the spice bag.

  • Wipe out the pan, pour in the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and repeat the above steps with the remaining ingredients. Let cool and discard spice bag. Serve at room temperature, garnished with chopped fennel fronds.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Return to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts

66 calories; 1.4 g total fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 182 mg sodium. 549 mg potassium; 11.5 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 2.5 g protein; 1211 IU vitamin a iu; 19 mg vitamin c; 37 mcg folate; 61 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 23 mg magnesium;