Sweet Braised Fennel

Sweet Braised Fennel

Sweet Braised Fennel

Date: 20 April 2014

Author:Jennifer Bartoli

Filed in: Food, Sides, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • Sweet Braised Fennel
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  • Fennel often gets a bit of a bad rap as having an overpowering licorice-like flavour, or just simply as being a difficult ingredient to use in everyday cooking. I can’t get enough of it, to tell you the truth! It’s actually very versatile to use, changes flavour and texture depending on whether you eat it raw, roast it or what dish you use it in, and it also happens to be pretty inexpensive. I love it thinly sliced in salads for a little crunch (if you saw my recipe on the cover of Candian Living‘s May issue, you’ll know what I mean!) but I also love it braised.
  • Slowly braising the fennel transforms it into a new vegetable, bringing out its natural sweetness with only a hint of anise, making it a perfect side dish for so many mains like seared scallops, grilled chicken or roasted salmon. I hope you give it a try and report back!
  • Sweet Braised Fennel
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • Discard fennel fronds; cut fennel in half lengthwise. Cut each half again lengthwise, cut once more, lengthwise to form eighths. In large skillet, cook half of the olive oil over medium heat; cook shallots, garlic and pinch each salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Scrape mixture into bowl.
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