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Braised Fennel

Braised Fennel

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.

Sunset MARCH 1999

  • Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 61
  • Calories from fat: 59%
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.9g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 138mg
  • Cholesterol: 3.2mg

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