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Fennel a la Qrecque


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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c Whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tb Whole black peppercorns
  • 4 Large sprigs fresh thyme OR
  • 1 ts Dried thyme leaves
  • 4 Large sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2 c Defatted reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 c Dry white wine
  • 1/3 c Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c Tomato paste
  • 1 tb Olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, cut in half lengthwise & sliced
  • 6 Large bulbs fennel, trimmed & cut into wedges, plus 2 T chopped fennel fronds for garnish
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Tie coriander seeds, peppercorns, thyme, parsley and bay leaves togther in a piece of cheesecloth. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together chicken stock, wine, lemon juice, tomato paste and 1 cup water.
 
Heat 1/2 T of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of the onions and half of the fennel; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are limp and starting to color, about 10 minutes. Pour in half of the chicken stock mixture, tuck the spice bag into the vegetables and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fennel is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the mixture to a large bowl; reserving the spice bag.
 
Wipe out the skillet, pour in the remaining 1/2 T oil and repeat the above steps with the remaining ingredients. Let cool and discard spice bag.
 
Serve at room temp. garnished with chopped fennel fronds.
 
Entered by: Diane Pahl (1:2410/120) Recipes from: Eating Well, The Magazine of Food and Health (tm) ISSN 1064-16399
 
From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini