Tested till perfect Braised Fennel with Peas

Braised Fennel with Peas

This saucy side dish is a lovely accompaniment to pan-fried chicken breasts or fish fillets or grilled chops or steaks. We drain the bacon fat and add vegetable oil to reduce saturated fat and cholesterol. However, for a smoky bacon flavour, you can always omit the oil and drain off all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the bacon fat.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: June 2004

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  • Portion size 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1large head fennel
  • 4 4strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1large oniononions, chopped
  • 3 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspeach salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupchicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupdry white wine, (or chicken or vegetable stock with 1 tbsp/15 mL white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspchopped fresh thyme, (or 1/2 tsp/2 mL dried)
  • 3 cups 3cupsshelled fresh peafresh peas, (1 lb/500 g)
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 2 tsp 2tspcornstarch
  • 1 1green oniongreen onions, finely chopped
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Preparation

Remove and reserve green fronds from fennel. Cut off and discard stalks. Cut fennel into 1/2-inch (1 cm) dice; set aside.

In large deep skillet or saucepan, fry bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes; remove with slotted spoon to paper towel?lined plate. Drain off fat.

Add oil to pan; fry fennel, onion, garlic, salt and pepper over medium heat until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add stock, wine and thyme; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until fennel is tender, about 15 minutes. Add peas; simmer, covered, until peas are tender, about 10 minutes.

In small bowl, whisk lemon juice with cornstarch; stir into fennel mixture and simmer until thickened and bubbly, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with green onion, reserved fennel fronds and bacon.

Additional information :

To Use Frozen Peas: Simmer for only 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 229 pro 10g total fat 9g sat. fat 2g
carb 27g fibre 9g chol 8mg sodium 378mg

% RDI:

calcium 7 iron 19 vit A 7 vit C 42
folate 39
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