Creamy Baked Fennel

November 2009
Creamy Baked Fennel

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Bake: 15 mins

  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large fennel bulbs, cored and cut into strips, plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . In a large nonstick skillet, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the fennel bulb strips, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring frequently, until the water has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 3 minutes. Add the fennel seeds and lemon peel, cover and let steep for 3 minutes; strain into a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Stir in the cooked fennel bulb strips and 1/4 cup parmesan. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup parmesan and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the fennel fronds.
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  • If your fennel doesn't have fronds, use flat-leaf parsley instead.