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Carmelized fennel root

Posted By Liz On May 9, 2010 @ 10:00 pm In Dairy,Recipe,Recipes for Ashkenazi Passover,Recipes for Sephardi Passover,salad | 4 Comments

They say that people either love licorice or hate it, and the licorice battleground happens to fall right through the middle of our household. Since fennel has what I would describe as a licorice flavor, I’ve never been a big fan. But this recipe [1], which I’m blatantly, um, borrowing from renowned Israeli chef Rafael Cohen, made me love fennel — at least, so long as its caramelized in butter and sugar.

The preparation is quite easy — basically, you’re steaming the fennel, sliced open and lying in a pool of butter and sugar, until its soft, and the underside has turned a caramelized brown. It’s also perfect for spring, because what better way to enjoy the season than to sink your teeth into a juicy green vegetable?

I should probably mention that I found huge, beautiful organic fennel roots at the Tel Aviv Farmer’s Market [2] at the port, which is now being institutionalized with its very own building [3] there.

This works with leek, too.

For two servings:

1 large fennel root
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
butter for frying (±1-2 tablespoons)
6-7 saffron threads (this was in the original recipe, but in my opinion, it’s optional)

Slice the fennel in half, rinse out any dirt and place the halves cut-side down in a big pot, along with the other ingredients. Heat on a low flame until the fennel is soft, about 40 minutes. If the water boils off, add a bit more, so the fennel (and caramel) won’t burn.

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[1] this recipe: http://food.lizsteinberg.com http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3860905,00.html

[2] Tel Aviv Farmer’s Market: http://www.farmersmarket.co.il

[3] its very own building: http://batim.mouse.co.il/hous_tours.asp?s=527

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