Fennel gratin

Fennel gratin

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Bored with the same old side dishes? Fennel is the versatile ingredient with a slight aniseed flavour that goes gorgeously with fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal320
  • fat31g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 4 large fennel bulbs
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate – its strong aniseed…

  • pinch grated nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml double cream
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and put a pan of salted water on to boil. Trim the fennel tops, then cut into wedges. Boil for 5-6 mins, then drain well. Arrange in an ovenproof dish, season and sprinkle with nutmeg. Stir the garlic into the cream and pour over the fennel. Top with the Parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until golden.

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23rd Jan, 2011
This is a lovely recipe but i thought 4 fennel bulbs was too much so i used 1 fennel bulb and added broccoli and used creme fraiche to make it healthier and a few walnuts,yummy :-)
3rd Feb, 2009
A delicious recipe. Easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch with bread or as a side dish.
27th Oct, 2008
HUbbie and I had never tried the vegeetable before. Very nice rich dish.. Am not real aniseed lover, but flavour is nicely muted in the baking.
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14th Sep, 2008
Excellent dish. Had to halve it as only had two fennel bulbs. Really yummy. Will definitely make it again. And again....
10th Sep, 2008
made it on a whim for a dinner party wow was it good five star for me
12th Aug, 2008
This was delicious, added olives and only had creme fraiche instead of double cream but this was scrummy.
21st Jun, 2008
short of fennel, one bulb, added savoy cabbage and sprinkled walnuts over - delicious.
7th Jan, 2008
This was a real hit with my two veggies, I did change it around a bit......... I left out the Garlic... I added mushrooms as I only had one Fennel bulb, I added gruyere to the dish itself as I did not have any parmesan, then grated 4 slices of bread with a lump of cheddar with it and used that as a crumble type topping.. went down a real storm!


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