Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

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Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

From: Food 52
Prep Time: 10 Mins Cooking Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (preferably orange blossom honey)
  • 1 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch x 3 inch sticks
  • 1 fennel bulb, ends trimmed, bulb cut in half, each half cored and cut lengthwise in 1/8”-inch slices
  • 4 strips of orange zest,– each 1 inch x 4” inch (use vegetable peeler)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, –crushed in a mortar
  • 1/3 cup spring water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fennel fronds or dill

Directions:

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and honey. Stir well and add the carrots, fennel, orange zest and fennel seeds. Toss until the slices are well coated with the oil. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the fennel starts to soften. Add the water, orange juice, salt, and pepper. Toss quickly and reduce heat to between medium and medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Uncover the pan. Raise heat to high and fast-simmer until the juices have all evaporated and some of the vegetables are golden-brown, about 6 to 7 minutes, tossing only occasionally so as not to break or mush the vegetables. Remove orange zest, transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the fennel fronds, and serve immediately. Cook’s’ note: The carrots and fennel can be trimmed and cut up to 6 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to use, but the dish is best made just before serving. It does not reheat well.

Shaved Fennel and Melon Salad

A mandoline does wonders for slicing the fennel and cantaloupe!
Serves: 4
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium fennel bulb, stalks & core removed, sliced very thin
1/2 medium cantaloupe, peeled, sliced thin
1 jalapeño, sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
feta cheese, to crumble on top
method

Directions

In a small bowl combine the lemon zest and juice, olive oil and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a larger bowl, lightly toss together the fennel, cantaloupe, jalapeño and mint. Add the salad dressing and toss to combine. Top with feta cheese.

Herb Risotto

Herb risotto combines the fresh flavors of summer vegetables–fennel, sweet peppers and herbs–with the savory goodness of risotto.

This recipe and photo appeared on KnowYourFarms.com and was adapted here.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup trimmed, diced fennel bulb
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oil and butter in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel, bell pepper, onion, garlic, 1 1/2 tablespoons mint, 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, 1 tablespoon rosemary and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Saute, stirring, until vegetables are slightly softened (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  2. Stir in coriander and rice and saute, stirring, until rice grains are oil-coated (about 3 minutes). SLOWLY pour in wine and stock, stir and combine. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer stirring regularly uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, or until liquid is almost absorbed and rice is tender but firm. (Note: Stir every 4-5 minutes while simmering.)
  3. Remove pan from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in remaining mint, parsley, rosemary and lemon zest, then add lemon juice and cheese. Cover saucepan with waxed paper and let stand 8 to 10 minutes before serving.

Autumn Pumpkin Chili

pumpkin-chiliThere is a crispness in the morning air, and the colors at the market begin to shift into golds and greens. this signals to me that it’s time for chili. I use a 7-quart dutch oven, which makes about 8 meals. The chili freezes well.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of ground beef (or other red meat), preferably grass-fed
1/4 cup cooking oil of choice (olive, coconut, ghee, etc)
4 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1 medium onion, diced
12 small-to-medium carrots, diced
2 small beets, peeled and diced
6 young stalks of fennel, diced
6 in-season mushrooms, sliced
1 small pumpkin, seeded and roasted
1 butternut squash, seeded and roasted
1 quart roasted tomatoes
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin
1-2 tbsp sea salt (to taste)
Garnish: basil sprouts, thyme or toasted pumpkin seeds; and a dash of balsamic vinegar

Preparation
Warm the oil and then brown the beef. Add onions, carrots, beets and broth, and then cover and simmer on med-high until carrots are soft. Then add the rest of the veggies, cover again and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the spices, stir thoroughly, garnish and enjoy. Makes 8 full bowls.