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Fennel cooked in milk


"The fennel baked in milk with toasted breadcrumbs at Melbourne's Café di Stasio is so good. Would you please ask the chef for the recipe?"
Christine Ridgway, Nunawading, Vic

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You'll need

60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil 4 fennel bulbs (about 350gm each), cut into 5mm slices 600 ml pouring cream 2 garlic cloves, crushed 4 sage sprigs 50 gm parmesan, finely grated 60 gm fresh sourdough breadcrumbs 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tsp lemon juice

Method

  • 01
  • Heat 20ml oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add fennel in batches, season to taste, and cook, turning occasionally, until golden (6-8 minutes).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Bring cream, garlic and sage to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel, return to the simmer, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a 2.5-litre baking dish. Pour over enough cream to fill three-quarters of the dish. Scatter with two-thirds of the parmesan and bake until tender (30-35 minutes).
  • 03
  • Preheat grill to high heat. Combine remaining oil and parmesan with breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon juice in a small bowl. Scatter breadcrumbs over fennel and grill until golden (6-7 minutes). Stand for 5 minutes and serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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Jul 2013

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