Baked Fennel With Parmesan

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“Steamed or just boiled fennel is a bit limp and has little appeal but when you finish it in the oven with a stock that has flavour and good quality Parmesan cheese it is really good. Do not over cook when you put it in the boiling water Recipe Instructions amended 28 Jan 08”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs fennel, trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons butter (margarine will do)
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 cup chicken stock (or use vegetable stock)
  • 12 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Trim off the fronds and outer hollow stalks so you are left with the fennel bulb, trim off the hard bottom and cut each bulb in half Heat oven to 400F and bring a pot of water to boil, salt it.
  2. Place the halved fennel bulbs into the boiling water and cook 3 minutes, the fennel must still be crisp.
  3. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove and plunge into icy water to stop the cooking and drain.
  5. Slice the fennel thinly.
  6. Grease a baking dish with some of the butter place the fennel into the dish, sprinkle with salt& pepper and pour in the stock. bake uncovered for 10 minutes in 400°F.
  7. After baking 10 minutes top the fennel with the remaining butter and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Continue baking for approx 15 minutes.
  8. The stock should be evaporated and the cheese golden.
  9. For Vegetarian use vegetable stock.

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