Foods that Pair with Fennel
Fennel is an herb used to flavor many dishes. It is a delicious addition to soups, salads, fish, pork, and poultry. Fennel is a member of the carrot family with a flavor similar to anise. Anise is the spice we use in the manufacture of licorice. Like carrots, all parts of the plants can be used. The bulb can be eaten like any other root; the stalk can be eaten as well, but if you plan on eating the stalk, choose young ones as they get very fibrous as they grow bigger. The tops are the part most commonly used. All parts of the herb are deliciously edible. There are three parts to this herb. There is the bulb, the stalks, and the fronds.
The top 5 Foods that pair with fennel
- Soups can be flavored nicely with large pieces of the stalk that would be removed prior to serving. It seasons other vegetables with just a hint of lemony anise.
- Salads featuring fennel include dinner salads, egg salad, and potato salad. The fennel can be added as a garnish using then fronds and seeds or the bulb can be grated for a fresh, crisp texture.
- Fish can be steamed with fennel for a herbaceous sweet flavor. It goes especially well with crustaceous seafood.
- Pork grilled with sliced fennel bulb is a delicious treat for the taste buds.
- Poultry slow roasted with fennel bulb can be plated with a fennel seed garnish for a tasty twist.
Fennel came to us from the Mediterranean, a culture rich with flavor and good health. It remains a healthy, tasty addition to the pantry. Grab some fennel and experiment with it!