One of my favorite vegetables these days: fennel, so often misunderstood or just unrecognized, this is such a versatile ingredient - from a fresh fennel soup to a raw fennel salad dressed in citrus and olive oil to this easy gratin ...
3 large fennel bulbs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter
salt & freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400F (200C) degrees.
Trim fennel and cut into pieces, lengthwise.
Bring salted water to a boil.
Add lemon juice and fennel.
Cook fennel for 10 minutes, then drain.
Butter an ovenproof dish and run a cut garlic clove around the dish.
Arrange fennel in single layer.
Melt butter, pour over the fennel and sprinkle with parmesan.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until fennel is soft and cheese is turning golden brown:
(adapted from a recipe in "Harry's Bar Cook Book" ...)
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