Fennel is hands down one of my favorite foods. Since I can remember, my family has been eating raw fennel after Christmas Eve dinners or Thanksgiving dinners as an after-meal digestive/breath freshener.
Fennel is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses, and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients ofabsinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.
Here’s a very easy side dish that pairs well with any meal… any night of the week.
-1 medium or large bulb of fennel
-salt & pepper
-crushed red pepper
-fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
Slice the fennel into about 1/4 inch thin circles. Lay flat on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.
Let broil in the oven for about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
And that’s it! Enjoy!