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Braised Fennel With Rosemary

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Side dish
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

12   Garlic cloves
4 tablespoons 60mlOlive oil
4 tablespoons 60mlFennel bulbs (large)
1/3 cup 78mlWater
8 sections  Fresh rosemary
12   Brine-cured black olives
  Salt and fresh ground pepper
  Lemon slices - for garnish

Recipe Instructions

Bring 2 to 3 cups of water to a boil in a small pot and blanch the garlic cloves for 3 to 4 minutes; drain. Heat 1 tb. of the oil in a small skillet over medium heat and brown the garlic until golden all over. Cut the leaf stalks and the hard butt ends from the fennel bulbs, leaving just the bulbous stem, a piece 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long. Halve the small bulbs lengthwise; quarter the larger bulbs. In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil and the water over medium heat.

Add the fennel in a single layer and the rosemary. (If you have more fennel than your skillet can accommodate in a single layer, save half the oil and rosemary to cook with half the fennel in a second batch.) Cover and cook the fennel, turning once or twice, until water cooks away and the fennel is tender and browning, about 15 minutes. If the fennel begins to brown before it feels tender, add a little more water; if it becomes tender before browning, raise the heat or take off the lid to speed browning. When the fennel is tender and browned, add the garlic and olives to warm through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Garnish with lemon slices.

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken


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