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Oma's Fennel Recipes ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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Roasted Fennel

These fennel recipes, aka Fenchel, are both traditional German ones and non-traditional. Easy to make, delicious to eat, and so different! Fennel is one of those German vegetables that finds itself being used both raw and cooked. If you've never tasted fennel, you're in for a surprise. It tastes like anise! Don't know anise? Think liquorice. It becomes quite mild, though, when it is roasted. Vegan? Then the first recipe is for you!

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Here the fennel is one easy side dish that will WOW your guests. So mild when roasted, it pairs with almost anything!

Fennel is ...

Fennel bulb

To prepare the fennel, cut off the roots at the bottom. Remove some of the tough outer leaves and trim away the top leafy section. 

If you've ever wondered how to cook fennel, use one of the above methods, and then change them to suit your own tastes. 

For example, the roasted fennel tastes great when it's sprinkled with bread crumbs or Parmesan cheese for the last few minutes of roasting.

Oma's Fennel Recipes:

1. Roasted Fennel


  • 3 - 4 fennel bulbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Trim the top leaves off the bulb. These can be used to garnish the final dish.
  • Cut the fennel in quarters (vertically) and remove the tough center core. Slice the fennel.
  • Spread fennel over parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and olive oil.
  • Roast about 15 minutes. Stir and continue roasting for about another 15 minutes or until done.
  • Makes 4 servings

2. Fennel Gratin ~ Überbackener Fenchel


  • 4 fennel bulbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated Emmentaler cheese
  • 3 tbsp butter


  • Clean and trim the fennel bulbs. 
  • Cook fennel bulbs in salted water until they are just tender, about 15 minutes, depending on their size.
  • Drain. Cut bulbs in half.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Place fennel into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheese. Sprinkle slivers of butter over the top.
  • Bake until cheese is melted and top is golden.
  • Traditionally served with tomato sauce or ketchup. 
  • Makes 4 servings.

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