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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crispy Potatoes and Fennel on Day 4 of #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 with a #WorldMarket Giveaway!

Welcome to Day #4 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps.

With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas.

Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!

Today I am sharing Crispy Potatoes and Fennel.  I think fennel can be a very interesting vegetable to use.  It has a strong sharp flavor when raw and works well in a salad when sliced very thinly.

But did you know you can cook it?

This recipe is the perfect blend of creamy potatoes and spicy, anise-y fennel which has been mellowed by braising it in milk. And is there anything better than potatoes with cheese crisped up in the broiler?

Before you get on to my recipe and to the giveaway, we've just passed mid-week and we're still rolling out more Memorial Day ideas for you! Look at all these awesome ideas the rest of the Kick Off to Summer Week bloggers have put together!

Crispy Potatoes and Fennel

by Susan Zentmyer
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • 3 pounds new potatoes, cut into irregular 1.5" to 2" chunks
  • 2 fennel bulbs (about 1.5 pounds) – trimmed (with tough or bruised outer layers removed), then cut lengthwise into wedges about 1.5” wide (leaving core intact)
  • About 2 to 3 cups of milk, or enough to cover the vegetables
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan reggiano
  • Olive oil
In a 3 to 4 quart pan, combine potatoes, fennel wedges, bay leaf, and fennel seed. Add enough half-and-half to fully cover the potatoes and fennel.
Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Over medium-high heat, bring the half-and-half to a simmer, then lower heat to just maintain the simmer.
Cook until the potatoes and fennel are soft and tender, about 20 minutes. Take off the heat. The potatoes and fennel should be fully cooked at this point.
While potatoes and fennel are braising, preheat broiler to medium-high. Generously coat the bottom of a ceramic baking pan with olive oil.
Remove potatoes and fennel wedges from the half-and-half with a spider or slotted spoon, and transfer them to prepared baking pan.
Taste the potatoes and fennel for seasoning – if you need more salt or pepper, add them now. Toss with olive oil and parmesan reggiano. Arrange the potatoes and fennel wedges in a single layer to promote even browning.
Place the baking dish under the broiler (about 6 inches away from the source of heat). Broil for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the potatoes and fennel are caramelized and crispy around the edges.
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