Fennel Tips and Tricks

Balancing the upscale and inventive while remaining familiar and budget-conscious is extremely important in menu planning. In this aspect, fennel can do a lot of heavy lifting. Particularly popular in Italian cuisine, the savory licorice taste adds a luxurious quality to any meal. Here are some ideas for incorporating fennel into your menu.

  • Roasted fennel can liven up many dishes, including flatbreads, grilled meats, seared scallops, and risotto.
  • No cooking necessary: top raw sliced fennel pieces with a shaving of parmigiano- reggiano, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper for an elegant, yet easy to prepare, hors d’oeuvre.
  • Shaved fennel brightens up basic salad greens, simultaneously boosting flavor while also being budget friendly.
  • Don’t forget to use the fronds! The big leafy greens on top are perfect for making pesto.