Fennel?

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  1. MrsC

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    I've decided that every week this summer, I'm going to buy something from the produce department that I haven't tried before. For no particular reason, I bought a bulb of fennel the other day. I've searched some salad recipes, but thought I'd open it up to you. Any tried and true recipes?
     
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    That salad looks delicious, czacza!
     
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    I wouldn't even know where to look for fennel or what it looks like! I really like the idea of trying something new every week. I've been complaining about of meal menu and being bored with it.
     
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    It looks like the bottom part of a celery bunch...with dill-like fronds on top. Delicious...mild anise flavor. Sweet when roasted.
     
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    I wouldn't recognize anything but the seeds. I remember picking off fennel seeds from pizza when I was younger because I thought they looked gross. I have no idea why I thought that...
     
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    I bought rainboe.chard and need to look up how to serve too...like salad or vooked?!? I dont know...
     
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    rainbow..
     
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    My mother used to cut the ribs off; she'd cook the leafy parts like spinach, and she'd steam the ribs as a separate vegetable and serve them with a sort of hollandaise sauce.
     
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    I've eaten the bulb it as a salad before. Chop it into thin strips, then toss it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some orange slices. It's very refreshing. Just eat fennel quickly after you bring it home - after a day or two in the refrigerator it loses all of its flavor.
     
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    Oh... SO NOT a fan of fennel! I HATE the taste of black licorice!!
     
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    I hate licorice as well, but LOVE fennel!:)
     
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    To me they taste the same.

    I don't like anisette either.
     
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    Funny...I don't like anisette either!:lol:
     
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    I'm curious as to whether or not I'll like it--I don't like anisette or licorice, but I'll try (almost) anything once.
     
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    OMG so glad I'm not the only one. I did try it though.:confused:
     
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    Yeah, I've tried it. I've just never been hungry enough to try it again.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    I have not had it since I was a kid but we used to eat it raw. I've never had it cooked or in a salad though. I remember the Barefoot Contessa having some recipes that included fennel and she also said she doesn't like it raw but loves it cooked.
     
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    Roast it or make pasta sauce.

    Dice it up, sauté in olive oil with garlic for a few minutes then add herbs and crushed tomatoes. You can add fennel fronds as a garnish. If you feel really adventurous and love anise, add a few tablespoons of Sambucca. I also like to puree in 1/2 cup of almonds to make it creamy, sort of like a Sambucca version of vodka sauce. I just use an immersion blender to mix in the almonds at the end of cooking.
     
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    MrsC, good for you on experimenting w/ new foods! :thumb: I personally don't use fennel, but I want to along w/ many other foods in the future.

    Yes, looks good!

    Same here, yuck!
     
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    Me, too.

    Everyone tried to tell me that it was mild and not like licorice. It's JUST LIKE licorice. Blech!
     
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    Well, add me to the list of those who don't like fennel.
     
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    More for me!:p
     

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