Green Bean, Mushroom and Fennel Salad <br /> Photography by Yvonne Duivenvoorden Credits: Green Bean, Mushroom and Fennel Salad <br /> Photography by Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Unfamiliar with fennel?
Fennel plants produce both bulbs and seeds. Fennel bulbs have white flesh, green stalks and dill-like leaves, while fennel seeds, with its minty flavour, are used mostly as a spice from dried seeds of the fennel plant.
If you plan to prepare recipes with fennel, "start small," Test Kitchen food specialist Amanda Barnier says. "Sneak small amounts into soups, stews and salads."
"Fennel is so versatile, and is great raw or cooked," she adds.
How to cook with fennel
"Fennel can be boiled, braised, sauteed, grilled, roasted, steamed or eaten raw," Amanda says.
"Fennel is great combined with garlic + tomatoes + onion, asparagus, apples + arugula + blue cheeses, watercress + pears, pasta, fish, seafood, lamb, and potatoes."
Used often in Italian cooking, Amanda adds, "it's also great thrown into tomato sauces, over pizza, and baked into Focaccia bread."
Preparing raw fennel for salads
Fennel's anise-like sweetness makes it a wonderful addition to salads.
"Cut off the stalks close to the bulb," she says, "to slice fennel for a salad. Just cut across the bulb, as thick or thin as you like."
How to store fennel
"Wrap tightly in a plastic bag," Amanda says, "and refrigerate for up to one week."
Make fennel a part of your next meal with one of these fabulous fennel recipes:
Green Bean, Mushroom and Fennel Salad
This healthy lemon juice and olive oil dressed salad is an easy, delicious starter - and a cinch to make!
Apple Fennel Celery Salad
Fennel is edible all the way from its green stems to the pale white bulb; using the whole vegetable is not only practical, but also adds a variety of pretty colours on your plate.
Roasted Squash, Onion and Fennel Toss
This medley of roasted vegetables is easy to make and packed with flavour. Best of all - it's a light dish.
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More fennel recipes:
Pulled Pork With Fennel Biscuits
Use fennel bulbs for a mouthwatering, fork-tender pulled pork filling, and fennel seeds for fresh-baked homestyle biscuits.
Mussels Steamed with Fennel, Lovage and Cherry Tomatoes
One-pot cooking can't get any tastier. These fresh, steamed mussels with shallots, garlic, fennel and aromatic lovage are a wonderful main!
Potato Fennel Gratin
Yukon Gold potatoes keep their golden hue and structure when cooked, making them an ideal choice for this dish. Serve with roast chicken, pork or fish.
Fennel and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Hazelnut Dressing
With eggplants, mushrooms, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, mixed greens, and a savour-to-the-last-drop hazelnut and sweet citrus dressing, this fennel salad is an absolute winner!
Chicken Braised with Lemon, Fennel and Garlic
Garlic becomes sweet as it cooks gently in this fennel-laced broth. The fennel fronds have a delicate flavour similar to dill. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.
Baked Fennel Parmesan
While we all look forward to the traditional side dishes of Christmas dinner, tender fennel under a blanket of crispy cheese adds new personality to the meal.
Salmon en Papillote with Fennel and Roasted Peppers
Fatty fish, such as salmon, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Serve with Scalloped Potatoes.
Grapefruit and Fennel Salad
For added flair, sprinkle this refreshing citrus salad with flaky sea salt and toasted pecan halves.
Giant Meatballs in Tomato Fennel Sauce
Sure to be a big hit with kids, these great big meatballs have fabulous flavour and taste even better the next day. You might want to make a double batch and freeze half for later.
Lemon Herb-Rubbed Trout with Fennel Salad
When it comes to choosing fish for dinner, look for sustainable options. Farmed trout is a great fish to put on your plate - and it's a good choice to protect both the state of our oceans, and your health.
Fennel Pea Risotto
Two Italian classics - risotto and fennel - come together for a bistro-inspired dish you're sure to love.
Roasted Red Pepper, Fennel and Rice Stuffing
This stuffing is gluten- and dairy-free. If you use vegetable stock and heat it in a casserole dish, the stuffing is also vegetarian.
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