How to Prepare Roasted Fennel

Roasted fennel brings out a refined sweet taste from the fennel bulb. Just like any other vegetable, the fennel is roasted until it is golden brown and soft. The difference of roasted fennel from other vegetables, however, is how it produces a whole new taste. The natural licorice taste won’t be noticed by those who are not into licorice flavor anymore when fennel is roasted. You might be surprised with the result when you try following these simple steps in preparing it.

Start off by preheating the oven to about 425 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is still heating, start trimming four fennel bulbs by removing the base from the stalks and leaves. Leave a little allowance on the stalk when cutting the bulb off so that slicing the bulb won’t be too difficult. Slice the bulb into half and again into half to create wedges. If you want to have thinner wedges, slice it again into half as desired.

On a cookie sheet or any shallow roasting pan, toss the fennel wedges combined with olive oil, salt and pepper. It is preferable to use your hands in doing this step to make sure the fennel is coated evenly. Put the pan in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Check the fennel every 15 minutes and try to stir it. When the fennel is already soft, golden brown and caramelized, it’ almost done. You can notice the pleasant smell all over your place when it is already cooked. Turn off the oven. Five minutes before removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the roasted fennel. Garnish with fennel fronds. Serve immediately. Roasted fennel can go alone or prepared with another dish. Since it is versatile, it can go along well with anything. For bigger appetites, you can double or triple the serving.

Just for additional information, 1 serving of roasted fennel contains 126 calories. Forty seven percent of these calories come from fat. There is no additional cholesterol in these servings. You can gain about 15 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 182 milligrams of sodium.

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