Baked fennel for ARF Tuesdays


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I had this bulb of fennel in my refrigerator for almost a week. It was time to do something with it and what better day to make it than ARF Tuesday. This week it is being hosted by Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness.This recipe is adapted from my latest cookbook. Fennel bulbs taste the same as the dried fennel seeds. And yes they do have antioxidants.

This is the recipe


One large head of fennel
Garlic 1 clove finely sliced
Butter half tablespoon
Oliveoil i tablespoon( This was my addition to reduce the amount of butter)
Dy vermouth or white wine 1/3 cup
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425F.
Cut the tops off the fennel and slice finely.

Mix all the other ingredients into the fennel .Cover the fennel with aluminium foil. (Jamie suggest ripping off a piece of wax paper,running it under cold water and scrunching it up to make it soft. Then place it snugly over and around the fennel and not the baking dish. This will bake and steam the dish at the same time)

Cook for about 20min or until tender. Scatter the fennel leaves before serving.

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It tastes wonderful. I am thinking of using it in a sandwich.

6 responses »

  1. I have never tried fennel because I feel like I won’t enjoy the fennel-seed flavor as a whole main course…but your dish looks so tempting that I just might give it a try!

    Nupur..I dont think the dish would be good as a main course. The fennel needs something to balance its strong flavor. Last night I had it with rotis and potato curry. The fennel had a nice crunch that went well with the mushy nature of the potatoes.

  2. i have always seen the chefs in FoodTV using fennel bulbs, but i really dint know they taste like fennel seeds , Oh iam such a DUD.. now that u have a recipe i should try this.thanx for the recipe gini

    You are welcome Priya…Try this and seee if you like it.

  3. Gini, That would be Roasted Fennel (just learnt that veggies and meat are roasted in the oven whereas pasta/breads/pastries/quickbreads are baked!) Isnt that weird that the same process is called by two different names when used for different stuff?

    I havent tried Fennel bulbs yet. Sounds very flavorful! And it looks great! 🙂

    Thanks Kay..True about the roasting and baking stuff. The fennel bulbs are really is kind of a  ‘strong’ flavor.

  4. Hi Giniann — Enjoyed your poast! I’ve got a collection of fennel recipes going on this month, they’re at Fennel Round-up. If it’s okay, I’ll add yours, too! The round-up includes a couple of vegetarian supper options — all that show off what can be the delicate side of fennel.

    Thanks Alanna…Looks like you have an impressive round up. Glad to be included. 

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