by Erin Marissa Russell
Is your garden producing lots of fennel, and now you’re looking for unique ways to cook with it all? Many of us experience this delicious veggie for the first time when we grow fennel in our gardens, so it’s no surprise that it can be a challenge to know just how to cook with it. We’ve got you covered with lots of ideas to get cooking with your homegrown fennel today.
Turn to Italian Cuisine to Show Off Homegrown Fennel
Fennel shares the aromatic properties of celery and onion, with all the velvety, caramelized texture of other alliums. That makes it a perfect fit for pasta dishes, whatever the variety, and other standards of Italian cuisine. Even better, the hint of anise or licorice is just right to pair with Italian sausage.
Pair Fennel with Meat for a Filling Main Course
Fennel works well with all kinds of meat to create one-of-a-kind main dishes. It’s a classic stuffed next to roast chicken, tucked into baked fish, or simmered along with a pork shoulder. Take a look at these recipes to see how your homegrown fennel can work with whatever meat dish you’re planning to cook tonight.
Simmer Fennel in Warm, Comforting Soups
For most of us, soup is one of the ways we’re likely to be familiar with eating fennel (if we were familiar with the veggie at all before we started to grow it). That’s because fennel melts deliciously into broth just like onions, garlic, or celery, making it the perfect addition to your next pot of soup or stew. Check out the recipes in this section to explore the possibilities.
Put the Spotlight on Fennel in Fresh Salads
Thinly sliced with a mandoline or roasted with a pan of other garden veggies, fresh fennel makes a wonderful addition to a salad, whatever the season. Let your imagination run wild to find exciting flavor pairings that show off your homegrown fennel to the max. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Create Simple Sides Starring Fennel
Fennel makes a simple side to accompany your favorite main courses because it’s so versatile. Throw it on the grill, tuck it into packets, or layer slices of homegrown fennel in a gratin. You can use this tasty veggie like you would eggplant, potatoes, or onion—or take a look at the recipes below to get some ideas.
Tasting Table’s Sauteed Fennel with Garlic