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Fennel Gratin with Parmesan Bread Crumbs

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 16

This creamy, dreamy gratin transforms fennel from a crunchy licorice-loaded fresh salad ingredient into a luxuriously sweet, warming holiday side. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Roasted Fennel

5
medium fennel bulbs (about 2 1/2 lb), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch wedges, fronds reserved (6 cups)
2
tablespoons butter, melted

Onion Sauce

3
tablespoons butter
2
cups thinly sliced onions
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1
cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz carton)
1
cup heavy whipping cream

Topping

1
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place fennel in baking dish; drizzle with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Cover with foil; roast 45 to 50 minutes or until fennel is tender when pierced with paring knife.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onions, salt and pepper flakes. Cook 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Add flour; stir 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Slowly stir in stock and cream. Heat to simmering; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until very thick.
  • 3
    In small bowl, mix Topping ingredients. Pour onion mixture over fennel in baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over all. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread crumbs brown. Let stand 5 minutes at room temperature. Sprinkle some of the reserved fennel fronds over top.

Expert Tips

  • Are your fennel bulbs tall and slender instead of spherical? Still cut them into wedges, but consider cutting the wedges in half horizontally as well.
  • If you purchase fennel bulbs without the fronds attached, consider garnishing with chopped fresh parsley, dill or basil.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Trans Fat
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Exchanges:
Free
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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