The nutty saltiness of Parmesan cheese is an excellent match for the sweet, delicate licorice flavor of fennel in this quick and easy side dish recipe.

Adam Dolge
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


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  • Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler to high.

  • Mix oil and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Trim stalks off fennel and discard, reserving fronds for garnish. Stand the fennel upright and cut the bulb lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with the oil mixture and sprinkle with salt. Broil until charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil until the cheese is bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve topped with chopped fronds, if desired.


Tip: Fresh fennel is sometimes confused with similarly flavored anise and can even be labeled that way in stores. They're actually different plants. (The only part of the anise plant that's usually sold are its seeds.)

Nutrition Facts

129.4 calories; protein 3.5g 7% DV; carbohydrates 9.6g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 4.6g; fat 9.2g 14% DV; saturated fat 2.1g 11% DV; cholesterol 6.1mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 1242.6IU 25% DV; vitamin c 14.1mg 24% DV; folate 32.1mcg 8% DV; calcium 118mg 12% DV; iron 0.9mg 5% DV; magnesium 22.5mg 8% DV; potassium 499.4mg 14% DV; sodium 261.4mg 11% DV.