Fennel compote

Fennel compote

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 6

Fennel goes well not just with fish but also pork and poultry, and this soft and juicy side makes a great accompaniment to a Sunday roast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal212
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.8g


  • 100g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 large fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

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  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 75g smoked bacon, chopped
  • ½ small pack parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat half the butter in a widebased saucepan until foaming. Add the fennel and onion, and sweat over a low-medium heat for about 1 hr, adding little slices of butter if needed.

  2. After 1 hr, increase the heat and keep on cooking down for another 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until caramelised and jammy, and beginning to brown.

  3. Put the remaining butter in a separate pan with a splash of vegetable oil and fry the bacon until crisp. Add to the fennel compote along with the parsley, and season to taste. Will keep for 3 days in an airtight container.

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