Crispy Baked Baby Fennel

Crispy Baked Baby Fennel

This crispy fennel dish makes an ideal bar snack.  The delicate flavor of the fennel is complemented by a hint of balsamic vinegar for a lovely, addictive munch.

Crispy Baked Baby Fennel | cookglobaleatlocal.comThis dish came about by happy accident.  During my early years in Johannesburg, I experimented a lot with fennel.  It was a new vegetable to me, and I was eager to get to know it.

So, I had a lot of fun trying different flavors and combinations.  Once, I even made an entire meal with fennel in every course — including dessert.  Due to its naturally sweet, anise-like flavor, fennel works particularly well in desserts.

On an unusually busy weeknight, I was supposed to be braising fennel in the oven.  However, I cut the fennel too fine and left it in for too long.  By the time I pulled my lovely side dish out of the oven, it was anything but braised!

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However, it was crispy and smelled appealing — despite its dark brown color.  So, I couldn’t resist taking a bite.  It was delicious!  With a few tweaks, my side dish became a rather addictive snack.

This crispy fennel is a great alternative to chips or fries.  It satisfies the craving for salt and crunch, and makes a lovely happy hour nibble.  Plus, being made with fennel — rather than flour or potatoes — it is practically guilt-free.


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