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Fennel au Gratin

Here's a lovely variation on traditional potatoes au gratin. Rich and buttery, this baked side dish has just the right amount of fennel flavor. —Sue Kauffman, Columbia City, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 large fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil. Add fennel; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and pat dry; place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Gruyere cheese. Pour over fennel and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until golden brown and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 215 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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