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Creamy Pan-Braised Fennel

Yield 8 servings
The distinctive flavor of fennel makes a terrific accompaniment to ham, roast beef, or pork.

Ingredients

  • 4 large fennel bulbs
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine

How to Make It

  1. Trim bases from fennel bulbs; cut into eighths, reserving fronds for another use. Arrange fennel in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.

  2. Whisk together whipping cream and next 3 ingredients, and pour over fennel slices. Sprinkle fennel slices with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese; dot with butter.

  3. Bake, covered, at 425° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 more minutes or until fennel is tender and yields when a knife is inserted into the thickest slices. Serve immediately.