This is the only way I have tried fennel and I absolutely love it! Funny too cause I do not like licorice yet I love fennel surprisingly! It tastes and smells just like it! One of my best friends Hatice taught me this dish, its so yummy….especially with plain yogurt on the side. My friend prepares this with stew meat, and it turns out so tender and yummy….I never have such luck so I use ground beef. I usually have cooked ground beef in the fridge to add to dishes like this.
I find the best fennel to use for this dish is the long stemmed and small bulbs, so much flavour…although the the bulb is more tender and people tend to like the larger ones, the smaller ones are in my opinion better. Try to get them at a farmers market rather the grocery store…makes a difference as well I noticed. For this dish the whole fennel is used, the bulb the stems and the dill looking leaves.
What you will need:
- 2 whole fennels
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 – 1 cup water
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4-5 tbsp cooked crumbled up ground beef
- 1/2 lemon
Rinse fennel, and cut into bite size pieces. Chop onion. Combine cut up fennel and chopped onion in a pot, add water and season with salt. Add ground beef, olive oil and pepper. Cover with lid and cook on medium heat, if you find that there is too much water, uncover. Cook until desired tenderness, takes about 20-25 minutes, sometimes it takes longer, depends on the fennel. When done cooking, squeeze lemon juice over. Enjoy!