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What can I make with fennel?

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palomapear Sat 04-Jan-20 16:20:31

I have never tried it.

It's supposed to taste of aniseed. I like aniseed ( Pernod!) although I can't imagine something aniseed as part of a meal...
I'm not sure why I bought it really
It was Christmas shopping madness.

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TheCanterburyWhales Sat 04-Jan-20 16:22:17

Just use it in a salad, or, as we do here (Italy) chomp on chunks of it as a palate cleanser.

There are recipes for it (usually gratin dish type things) but tbh, it's very watery and IMO doesn't cook well.

NoPinkPlease Sat 04-Jan-20 16:22:19

I'm a fennel-sceptic but I love fennel and potato soup. Like this one:

AwkwardSquad Sat 04-Jan-20 16:26:44

You can use some in a fish stew - slice / chop finely and sauté with the onions, then proceed as normal. Or if you have quite a lot, slice finely, sauté slowly until soft, then use as base on which to roast fish. Or a refreshing salad - slice finely (are you sensing a theme...), add peeled, de-pithed orange slices and olives, drizzle of olive oil. Excellent with feta or goats cheese.

Blondie1984 Sat 04-Jan-20 17:04:13

I always thought I wouldn’t like fennel because I don’t like aniseed then tried it in a dish once at Jamie’s Italian And was converted - this was pretty much the dish I left out the olives as I genuinely can’t stand them

NeverEnoughCake2 Sat 04-Jan-20 17:09:00

I make fennel risotto finished with lemon zest and then topped with rocket.

HFW has a great recipe in his veg every day book for a fennel and lentil salad with a wholegrain mustard, honey and lemon dressing

PurpleDaisies Sat 04-Jan-20 17:11:14

I like it really simply with pasta.

Roussette Sat 04-Jan-20 17:12:01

Roast it. I did a lovely meal for friends on NYE, a Jamie Oliver one that had roasted fennel, loved it.

NaomifromMilshake Sat 04-Jan-20 17:14:16

Q What can I make with fennel?

A The food bin happy. grin

I think it is over rated and prefer fennel seeds.

However as you have it........... grin

This is a good recipe...

We bulk it out with prawns and mussels and serve with crusty bread.

Myimaginarycathasfleas Sat 04-Jan-20 17:14:56

Both delish!

TeaAndTrifle Sat 04-Jan-20 17:15:24

This is lovely!

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Sat 04-Jan-20 17:16:36

My friend makes a good coleslaw with fennel. It’s amazing with pulled pork.

Youcunnyfunt Sat 04-Jan-20 17:17:40

Fennel is good with fish or chicken.

I’m too lazy to link but google it with fish/chicken and it’ll throw up some good bbc good food recipes.

NeedAnExpert Sat 04-Jan-20 17:18:21

This is lush.

TerrifiedandWorried Sat 04-Jan-20 17:19:07

Roast with salt and butter

Lunaballoon Sat 04-Jan-20 19:19:07

Fennel makes a wonderful gratin. I usually simmer with garlic in a little vegetable or chicken stock and when the liquid has mostly evaporated, transfer to an ovenproof dish, add a little double cream and top with grated Parmesan and bake until golden. This looks good too.

palomapear Sat 04-Jan-20 20:10:39

Thanks for all these ideas!

I'm thinning of the soup first as I love soup.
And save some for salad

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palomapear Sat 04-Jan-20 20:10:41

Thanks for all these ideas!

I'm thinning of the soup first as I love soup.
And save some for salad

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IHaveBrilloHair Sat 04-Jan-20 21:18:37

It's lovely griddled with salmon.

APatchyTomCat Sat 04-Jan-20 21:19:15

I roast it with onions or shallots, drizzled with olive oil until the edges are caramelised. I usually serve it with pork.

powershowerforanhour Sat 04-Jan-20 21:25:06

Fennel and carrot salad- use a potato peeler to peel thick strips of each into a bowl, bit of oil and lemon or lime juice, if you have any cumin seeds dry fry them and sprinkle over.

magnarocks Sun 05-Jan-20 13:23:20

This is delicious!

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