Have you cooked with fennel before? Or eaten it? Do you love it? Hate it? I have avoided it for years, due to an assumption that it would taste like black licorice. Yes, raw fennel definitely smells like licorice, but it doesn’t taste at all like that. We had a huge fennel bulb in our Chow Box this week and I had no idea what to do with it!
I looked up some flavor combinations recommended with fennel in The Flavor Bible and found that there are a lot of uses for it. We were all impressed with the flavor in this simple side dish. I already mentioned to my husband that I want to plant some next year. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it. I’m looking forward to cooking with it again.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 extra large garlic clove minced
- 1/4 cup red onion slivered thin and cut into 1-2" pieces
- 1 bulb of fennel cleaned and very thinly sliced (stalks and leaves removed and saved for another use)
- 6 large mushrooms cleaned and sliced to bite size pieces (I used crimini)
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly cracked black pepper generously to taste
- In a large cold skillet, combine the oil, the garlic and the onion. Set heat to medium and saute for a few minutes. When the skillet is fragrant, add the fennel and mushrooms. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender crisp and the mushrooms are softened, about 10 minutes. Enjoy!