Baked Fennel

This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Ingredients:
4 fennel bulbs, cored and sliced
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a frying pan over high heat, sauté the fennel slices with the butter for about 15 minutes until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Transfer to a baking pan, sprinkle the fennel with the grated cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 10 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and melted.

Cara Cara Orange Salad with Escarole & Fennel

This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Ingredients:
1 Cara Cara orange
½ pound escarole greens
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered, cored and thinly sliced, plus a handful of the fronds
½ cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped

Vinaigrette:
1 shallot, peeled and minced
⅓ cup freshly squeezed juice from a Cara Cara orange
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
¾ cup olive oil
Sea salt salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Spread the escarole out on a large, round serving platter to make a bed.

2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the orange. Stand oranges up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice oranges crosswise into thin wheels.

3. Arrange the orange on top of the escarole greens, overlapping the slices slightly. Then layer on the fennel slices and drizzle with the vinaigrette (you may not need all of it). Scatter onion slices and celery leaf on top of the salad.

Roasted Beet Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Tossed with our housemade vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Ingredients:
1 bunch red beets, cleaned and trimmed
4 cups water
½ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly shaved crosswise, fronds reserved
4 cups loosely-packed salad greens, washed and patted dry with a paper towel
F&L blueberry vinaigrette
¼ cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled
½ cup fresh blueberries
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place beets in a large roasting pan and pour over water, red wine vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon salt. Cover with parchment and foil. Roast until just tender, they should be easily pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes. Peel beets under cool water. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

2. Toss the roasted beets, fennel, fennel fronds, and greens with about ½ cup of the dressing. Plate dressed greens. Season with more salt and pepper if necessary, garnish with the blueberries, queso fresco cheese and hazelnuts and serve.

Radicchio & Apple Salad with Garden-Herb Vinaigrette

Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.

Ingredients:
1 head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
2 fennel bulbs, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 large sweet-tart apple, cored and sliced
Garden-Herb vinaigrette (see recipe)
¼ toasted nuts, such as pecans or hazelnuts
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine apple slices, fennel and radicchio in a large bowl.

2. Pour about ¼ cup of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

3. Taste, and gradually add more dressing to your liking. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and toasted nuts.

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