What do you do with a fennel bulb (or what recipe have you wanted to try)?
Its my favorite side with fish, especially salmon. Either grilled or sauteed. I made a sauteed fennel, roasted baby beet and feta salad recently, too. It was really good. Shaved thinly is nice in a green salad. I've been meaning to make Thomas Keller's chicken thighs with lemon, fennel and olives again soon, too- with the really crispy skin it's a bit hit in this house.
I made fennel mussels last week and loved it! It was my first time trying fresh fennel and I'm hooked.
A deceptively simple, delicious combo I learned in a cooking class a long time ago:
Wedges of fennel bulb and thick diagonal slices of zucchini
Sauté together in olive oil until browned and just softened
Hold in a warm oven if making a large quantity
The flavors meld in a wonderful way
Later, I made it my own with a bit of grated parm and squeeze of fresh lemon
Great with roast pork and roast chicken.....
I like it sliced (thickly or thinly depending on preference), toss lightly with olive oil, spread in roasting pan. Sprinkle S&P and then a generous - and I mean generous - amount of good parmesan, grated. Roast @ 350 for ~45 minutes or so. Really tasty, the parm goes so well with the licorice flavor of the fennel.
I've heard fennel makes a fabulous pureed soup, but I haven't tried that yet.