Braised Fennel with Tomatoes & Potatoes

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Braised Fennel with Tomatoes & Potatoes

Braised Fennel with Tomatoes & Potatoes

Braised fennel, tomatoes and potatoes make a rich and hearty side dish. Serve as an accompaniment to grilled or pan-seared veal chops, chicken breasts and any kind of broiled or baked fish.

Serves 4

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bulb fennel, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced, fronds reserved for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2-3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or water, divided
  • 2 tablespoon Pernod, or other anise-flavored liqueur (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, or fennel fronds for garnish

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add fennel and cook, stirring often, until it starts to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with fennel seed, salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook until the tomato juices are slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes and 1/2 cup broth (or water); cover the pan tightly and simmer over medium-low heat, checking every 10 minutes to make sure the pan juices don’t run dry. If necessary, add more broth (or water), 2 tablespoons at a time, to prevent scorching. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover, add Pernod (or other liqueur), if using, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve garnished with parsley (or fennel fronds), if desired.


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