8small new-season fennel or 4 large, cut lengthways70 gmunsalted butter, coarsely chopped500 ml (2 cups)milk30 gmfinely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Place half the fennel in a large frying pan with butter over high heat and stir occasionally until just golden (5-7 minutes). Remove and repeat with remaining fennel, then return all fennel to pan and season to taste. Add milk and 80ml water, reduce heat to low and turn fennel occasionally until tender and sauce is reduced (8-12 minutes), then serve topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
This recipe is from the May 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet