7 Ways to Use Fennel
This Mediterranean vegetable, at its peak in spring and fall, has a strong anise flavor and crisp texture that's delicious in salads when raw. When cooked, fennel softens and the flavor becomes sweet and mild. Most cooks use only the bulb, but you can treat the feathery fronds as an herb and stuff the stalks into whole fish before roasting.
Fennel has been shown to aid in digestion. Muddle the fronds and mix with Campari, the bitter aperitif, and boom: a cocktail that will cure all stomach ills.
Add sautéed fennel to a basic saffron risotto or one made with sausage.
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Brown and then gently simmer wedges of fennel in an aromatic wine for a simple side dish to serve alongside fish or lamb.
To really bring out fennel's anise flavor, cook it in Pernod, then use it as a topping for pizza.
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Add diced fennel to any gazpacho or seafood chowder recipe.
6. Tomato sauce
Add diced fennel to tomato sauce for pasta or for braising eggs — a dish known as shakshuka in the Middle East.
Carrots aren't the only vegetable that taste good in dessert. Fennel adds a very grown-up flavor to this nutty cake.
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