Use this licorice-flavored member of the parsley family in a variety of tasty (and healthy) recipes.
First up is our Warm White Beans with Roasted Fennel. If you’re anise-averse, roasting it may be what it takes to convert you. The caramelized flavors mixed with hearty beans and spinach create a filling and nutritious cool-weather dish. Try it with your own dried beans rehydrated and cooked for a richer flavor. Substitute kale if you don’t have fresh spinach on hand.
A quick sear in a little butter caramelizes the fennel wedges and mellows their licorice notes, while braising in stock transforms the texture from crunchy to meltingly tender, almost velvety. Breadcrumbs spiked with nutty Parm-Reg top off this fast, supersimple side. Pair with quickly seared pork chops or roasted chicken thighs.