Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fennel and Potato Bake

Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

I just can't pass up fennel when I find it in the produce section at Lost River Market & Deli.  I bought local potatoes at the HomeGrown Farmers Market and then went on a search to find a recipe that would combine them with the fennel.  This was quite flavorful and very easy to make.  It's yummy enough for a dinner party too.

1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, plus more for pan
2 medium fennel bulbs, (8 ounces each)
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled (I used small red potatoes and didn't peel them.)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish.
Trim fennel bulbs; halve, and core. Slice bulbs and potatoes very thin (1/8 inch thick).
Add potatoes to prepared dish in three layers, alternating with two layers of fennel; season each layer with salt and pepper, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Asiago, and dot with 1/2 tablespoon butter. (Omit cheese from final layer.)
Pour cream over top. Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup grated Asiago; bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Note:  To trim fennel bulbs, first cut the stalks from the top of the bulb, and then remove any tough outer layers. After the stalks have been trimmed, halve bulb lengthwise. Cut out the triangular core with a sharp paring knife. To cut into very thin slices, a vegetable slicer will work wonders, but you can also use a sharp paring knife.

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