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Fennel Gratin

January/February 1996

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Topped with Parmesan and breadcrumbs, this simple fennel gratin is a tasty accompaniment to most any roast meat. Make it a meal: Try this gratin with Bistro Beef Tenderloin and Potato Galette.


Fennel Gratin Recipe

Makes: 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 5 medium fennel bulbs, (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon anise-flavored liqueur, such as Pernod or ouzo (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 1 1/2-quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Trim off stalks and tough outer layers from fennel. Cut the bulbs in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into 4 wedges. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute more. Pour in broth, lemon juice and anise liqueur (if using); cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to the prepared dish. Bake, uncovered, until the fennel is very tender, about 45 minutes. Combine Parmesan and breadcrumbs; sprinkle over the fennel. Bake until the top is golden, about 10 minutes longer.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup crumbs.

Nutrition

Per serving: 150 calories; 4 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 6 g fiber; 426 mg sodium; 838 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (42% daily value), Potassium (24% dv), Calcium & Folate (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat


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