Oven-baked ‘finocchio impanato’ (crumbed fennel)

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Serves4
Time 30 Minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 large fennel bulbs
  • 100g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 200g dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons (80ml) sesame oil
  • Sea salt

How to Make It
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 230°C conventional oven/ 210°C fan-forced (450° Fahrenheit/Gas 7). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Pour 2 tablespoons of sesame oil into each baking tray. Use your hands to spread the sesame oil until base is completely covered.

Step 2

Trim the fennel bulbs by removing any green stalks. If the base of the fennel bulb is a little brown, cut a thin slice off. Use a vegetable peeler to remove any brown parts from the sides of the fennel. Cut the fennel bulb in half, then into 1cm thick slices, keeping them joined at the root.

Step 3

Place the sliced fennel into a medium-sized saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat, then cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.

Step 4

Place flour in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parsley. Use a fork to lightly whisk the eggs in a third bowl.

Step 5

Coat 1 fennel slice in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the flour coated fennel in the egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumbs. Place the crumbed fennel onto the prepared baking trays. Repeat with the remaining fennel.

Step 6

Bake for 15 minutes, turning half way through cooking. Serve immediately – buon appetito.

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