Tagged with fennel

Fennel Ravioli (Ravioli ai Finocchi)

Fennel Ravioli (Ravioli ai Finocchi)

These fennel ravioli are heavily inspired on these fennel ‘meatballs’ (polpette) that I discovered in Sicily at the great trattoria Tischi Toschi in Taormina. I prepare a lot of fennel, either in a salad, in pasta, or braised as a side. Usually I don’t use the tops/fronds, and save them in the freezer to make the … Continue reading

Grilled Sea Bream and Fennel

Grilled Sea Bream and Fennel

Even in the moderate Dutch climate in summer we have days that are so warm that it is nicer to cook outside than inside. What is locally called “barbecue” is usually a festive meal where everyone participates in the cooking process. This involves mostly cheap meat that ends up burnt on the outside and undercooked … Continue reading

Sole with Mint, Peas, and Fennel

Sole with Mint, Peas, and Fennel

This is an elegant dish for a dinner party that is easy to prepare. Flatfish with mint sauce is a combination I saw in one of Biba Caggiano’s cookbooks. In this case I used sole. If turbot is the king of flatfish, then sole certainly is the queen. But you could also use turbot or … Continue reading

Lentil, Fennel and Skyr Salad

Lentil, Fennel and Skyr Salad

This is the type of salad that I often eat for lunch during the weekend, and I will be posting a few more of them. It is low in fat and low in carbs as well as vegetarian, so perhaps a good choice after all the decadent food you’ve had over the holidays. If you … Continue reading

Caramelized Fennel and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Caramelized Fennel and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Sandra always publishes tasty recipes on her blog Please Pass The Recipe. Recently, her blue cheese tart with caramelized fennel caught my attention. I had never thought of combining caramelized fennel with blue cheese, but I love both of them and immediately understood the combination would be a winner. For a dinner party I made … Continue reading

Lamb and Fennel Sous-Vide

Lamb and Fennel Sous-Vide

Lamb and fennel are perhaps not a very usual combination, but it does work. In this dish both the lamb and the fennel are cooked sous-vide. A flavorful piece of lamb is cooked sous-vide with yogurt and fennel seed. The fennel cooked sous-vide is briefly grilled to add some more flavor as well as some … Continue reading

Scampi with Orange, Cream, and Fennel

Scampi with Orange, Cream, and Fennel

Scampi (langoustines) are caught locally here, but most of them get exported. Luckily I work very close to the Albert Cuyp market, which has an excellent selection of fresh seafood. Silva Rigobello has been posting a number of scampi recipes lately, and this post was inspired by her recipe for ‘Parisian’ scampi with a cream … Continue reading

Fusilli with Crab and Fennel

Fusilli with Crab and Fennel

Although crab and fennel are perhaps not ingredients you use on an every day basis, this is one of those pasta dishes that can be prepared in half an hour and is thus perfectly suited for a weekday meal. That is, if you use crab meat that has already been picked out of the claws … Continue reading

Sea Bass with Triple Fennel

Sea Bass with Triple Fennel

I love to prepare sea bass sous-vide followed by crisping up the skin in clarified butter. This way it is possible to have crispy skin (using flour and clarified butter) combined with tender juicy flesh (by cooking sous-vide). Everybody loves this dish and thus I’ve served it as a starter with a herb salad for … Continue reading

Beetroot, Fennel and Ginger Sorbet

Beetroot, Fennel and Ginger Sorbet

This is what I came up with when I put my mind to creating a dessert made from vegetables. I sweetened freshly juiced beetroot, fennel, and ginger and then turned it into a sorbet. To keep the flavor as fresh as possible, I heated only part of the juice to allow the sugar to melt. … Continue reading

Malloreddus Pasta with Fennel and Sausage

Malloreddus Pasta with Fennel and Sausage

I’ve been to most of the regions of Italy, but not yet to the island of Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian). Owen, one of the long time readers of this blog, requested a recipe for malloreddus, the typical pasta shape of Sardinia. At first I thought I had never heard of them, but then I realized … Continue reading

Swordish, Fennel and Orange Salad

Swordish, Fennel and Orange Salad

It is great to live on a latitude of 52 degrees in summer, because we get so much sunlight in the evenings. Now it’s payback time however, as the sun sets very early. When I saw fresh swordfish at the fishmonger (rather than frozen, which is usual), I decided to make this salad to bring … Continue reading

Fennel Gratin (Finocchi Gratinati)

Fennel Gratin (Finocchi Gratinati)

As a main course for the serata piemontese I prepared Brasato al Barolo, beef braised in Barolo wine. I used a wagyu brisket for this that was cooked sous-vide with 2 bottles of Barolo and aromatics for 48 hours at 57ºC/135ºF. The meat was tender and juicy and the sauce was amazing. I asked my … Continue reading

Improved Fennel Polpette

Improved Fennel Polpette

A few weeks ago I prepared fennel ‘meatballs’ for the first time, based upon my memory of having them at the great trattoria Tischi Toschi in Messina, Sicily. I was aware that Luca Casablanca, chef and owner of Tischi Toschi, follows my blog, but I had not imagined that he would react to my post. … Continue reading

Fennel Pasta

Fennel Pasta

I had fennel left over after making fennel polpette using only the greens. I decided to use the fennel to make a Sicily-inspired pasta dish with raisins, pine nuts, and saffron. When I made this for the first time, I thought it was a bit bland. Now I added sugar and parmigiano and the result … Continue reading

Fennel Sous-Vide Fondant

Fennel Sous-Vide Fondant

After the success of parsnip sous-vide fondant, I decided to prepare more vegetables this way. My next experiment was with fennel, and it turned out great. The recipe is very simple and very tasty. The nice thing about parcooking the fennel sous-vide is that the fennel becomes tender but stays firm at the same time, … Continue reading

Deep Fried Fennel (Finocchi Dorati)

Deep Fried Fennel (Finocchi Dorati)

Fennel is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in many ways: caramelized, in risotto, braised, as a salad, or deep fried as in this recipe. It has a nice flavor that reminds us of aniseed. The Italian way of deep frying fennel is to parboil it and then deep fry it breaded with breadcrumbs … Continue reading

Cod in White Wine Sous-Vide

Cod in White Wine Sous-Vide

This is an improved version of the Sous-vide cod with braised fennel and white wine sauce that I made more than a year ago. Apart from what I’ve learned about plating and photography since then, the improvements in the recipe are: the cod is cured before cooking sous-vide to improve flavor and texture; the cod is now … Continue reading

Caramelized Fennel

This simple but tasty side dish was inspired by a post by PutneyFarm. Fennel is one of many vegetables that shines most when it’s roasted or broiled or grilled or braised to concentrate the flavor. Raw fennel also has its charm, just don’t boil or steam it because then it will be bland. PutneyFarm panfries … Continue reading