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Caramelized Fennel Tarts

 Caramelized Fennel Tarts
Fennel is a favorite of mine, no matter how it’s cooked, but I think it is really amazing sauteed until rich and golden, then baked on delicious puff pastry. I’ve served these as a side dish and an appetizer.—Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
24 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.


  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed


  • In a large skillet, saute fennel in oil until softened. Reduce heat
  • to medium-low; cook, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until deep golden
  • brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in the thyme, vinegar, salt and
  • pepper.
  • Unfold each puff pastry sheet onto an ungreased baking sheet. Using a
  • knife, score 1 in. from the edges of each pastry. Spread fennel
  • mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cut each
  • tart into 12 pieces. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 116 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.