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Tuscan Braised Fennel

This week is all about fennel, so this recipe for braised fennel pretty much jumped off my vegetable recipe board and onto my menu. I discovered fennel when my husband and I were dating. He was at work, I was bored, and I found a recipe online for roast chicken with fennel and decided I wanted to make it for his family while I was visiting. I had never, ever had fennel before, and I thought this was a good idea. Let that sink in! Sometimes…

Fortunately, we all liked the dish, and I have made it many times over the years. But that’s the only way I have ever had fennel. Not that I or my husband are complaining, but you know how I like to expand my horizons. I made another chicken and fennel dish earlier this week. Now comes a dish that’s just fennel.

This is such a pure and simple recipe with complex flavors from the fennel and a decadent touch from the grated cheese! A classic Italian side dish!

Recipe Author: Bill Hovard at Sweet Paul Magazine
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The Ingredients

There’s not a whole lot to this recipe–just 6 ingredients and half are pantry staples like salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Shopping for the remaining fennel, parmesan cheese, and the chicken stock was easy and inexpensive.

Tuscan Braised Fennel Ingredients
Fennel, chicken stock, parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil

The Process

I love quick and easy recipes, and this braised fennel recipe didn’t disappoint. I put the chicken stock on the stove to boil and had everything prepped well before I saw bubbles in the pan. Although no times are listed, I expected this dish to be ready in an hour, and I wasn’t far off. I spent a total of 50 minutes on this dish. That includes prep, 8 minutes to parboil, and 30 minutes in the oven to get it to brown a bit.

The number of servings isn’t listed, but each bulb yielded 4 inch-thick slices, and I had enough for 4 meals.

Ready to go into the oven
Ready to go into the oven

To Serve

I served this braised fennel dish with a simple lemon chicken. I marinated the chicken breasts overnight using this Lemon Garlic Marinade, then had my husband grill them while the fennel was roasting.

Tuscan Braised Fennel Recipe Review

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Tuscan Braised Fennel was a hit! Parboiling the fennel in chicken stock really infused it with flavor and made it almost for tender. The addition of a mild parmesan cheese put it over the top. Plus the list of ingredients is short and the steps to make it are clear and easy to follow. We both loved this recipe, and it will be made again.
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