The Winter Pantry: 5 Fennel Recipes

Fennel is one of my winter go-to vegetables for salads, soups, pastas dishes, and risotto. It's crunchy and refreshing but also slightly sweet. Folks generally slice the stalks of this root vegetable and use them in a variety of ways, but more and more chefs and home cooks alike are starting to use the flowery fronds reminiscent as a garnish.

Once you start using fennel in the kitchen, you'll realize how versatile it is in many of your favorite dishes. It's little-bit-spicy licorice flavor brightens up even the most ho-hum salad greens and adds snap to citrus salads, chutneys, even desserts.

If you're not familiar with how to slice and chop fennel, here is a nice: Video tutorial

Now that we're all on the same page, let's try a few recipes! Here are five recipes covering every course, from soup to salad to main dishes and dessert. We hope there's enough inspiration here to get you grabbing for a bulb next time you're at the market.

Shaved Fennel Salad - 101 Cookbooks
Zucchini, Fennel, and White Bean Pasta - Eating Well
Fennel and Sausage Risotto - Food and Wine
Spiced Squash, Fennel, and Pear Soup - Eat Live Travel Write
Fennel Panna Cotta with Grilled Strawberries - Washington Post

Related: Couscous with Chickpeas, Fennel, and Citrus

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