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Braised Baby Fennel


4-5 small fennel bulbs cut in half lengthwise, or 1-2 larger bulbs, cored and quartered

1 cup fennel fronds (not the stems, just the fine leaves), finely chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 salt-packed anchovy fillets, rinsed, drained, and chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper


Boil quartered fennel bulbs for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside. In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-low heat, and add the garlic, anchovies, and pepper flakes. Cook gently until the garlic has softened and the anchovies begin to dissolve. Add the fennel quarters and leaves and cover. Continue cooking another 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot or at room temperature, with pasta or noodles.

Submitted by Philippe Waterinckx, Tucson CSA