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Braised Fennel

Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
Notes: Up to 3 hours ahead, simmer fennel, arrange in casserole, cover, and let stand at room temperature; then bake in oven with the lamb.


  • 8 heads fennel (3 in. wide), rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 61
  • caloriesfromfat 59 %
  • protein 2.7 g
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 3.9 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • sodium 138 mg
  • cholesterol 3.2 mg

How to Make It

  1. Trim off feathery fennel greens and finely chop enough to make 1/4 cup; reserve for garnish. Save remaining greens for other uses. Trim off and discard tough stems, root ends, and any bruised spots from fennel heads. Cut fennel lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  2. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine oil and onion. Stir often until onion is limp, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Add sliced fennel and wine. Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fennel is just tender when pierced, about 25 minutes.

  4. Arrange fennel slices neatly in a shallow 3- to 3 1/2-quart casserole and add liquid. Cover tightly with foil.

  5. Bake in a 375° oven until fennel is very tender when pierced, 1 hour and 10 minutes (1 hour in a convection oven).

  6. Uncover fennel, sprinkle with cheese, and, if desired, broil about 4 inches from heat until slightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup chopped green fennel tops. Season to taste with salt.