WSJ 7 2017. 35 min, svgs 4 Use Sea bass or tilapia or (cat fish? or maybe trout?) Simple dish: Sauté diced fennel & onions, add herb butter, steam summer squash. Separately pan fry fish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds – dice bulb; thin slice stalks & mince fronds.
  • 2 oz butter (¼C)
  • 1 TB minced dill
  • 1 TB minced  chives
  • 1 TB sliced tarragon
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ shallot minced
  • zest & juice 1 lemon
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 2 LBs summer squash cut into ½” dice or sliced
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 4 – six oz sea bass fillets (or4 tilapia fillets) season with salt & pepper
  • 2 Tb dry white wine (vermouth)

HERBED BUTTER in a bowl:

  • Stir together: butter, dill, chives, fennel fronds, tarragon, garlic, shallots, lemon juice & zest.

SAUTÉ ONIONS & ADD SQUASH in a Sauté pan with lid

  • Over med-hi heat: 1 ½ TB of herbed butter, add diced fennel bulb & stalks & onion. Sauté 3 min.
  • Add diced squash & 1 Tb herbed butter. Reduce heat to med-low, cover & stew until tender & sweet 10-15 min.

BROWN FISH FILLETS IN SKILLET

  • Med heat, 2 Tb oil. When pan is very hot, lay in fillets. Cook until golden brown ~ 3 min. Carefully flip fish, add wine to deglaze. Add remaining herbed butter, cook until butter melts and fish done 1-2 mins.

SERVE: divide squash onto each plate, top with fish fillet

SARDINES with LINGUINE, FENNEL & TOMATO svgs 2-4

INGREDIENTS: 4 oz tin of sardines in olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 small head fennel sliced thinly  with fronds, chili flakes – optional, 1 C canned peeled tomatoes – crush if whole, 2 oz dry white vermouth,  1 med lemon juice & zest, 1/3 C toasted Panko bread crumbs – add zest to bread crumbs., ¾ LB dry linguine.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Start to boil pot of water for pasta.
  • Skillet: add 1 TB sardine oil to pan, add fennel cook until fennel soft starting to caramelize, add garlic. Add tomatoes and juice. Cook until liquid reduced, add vermouth and reduce.
  • Add sardines to skillet, break up into chunks, add juice of lemon.
  • Cook pasta short of al dente, use tongs to transfer pasta to skillet, add a bit of starchy water & toss to combine.
  • Transfer pasta mixture to serving bowl or individual bowls, drizzle with olive oil,  sprinkle toasted bread crumb lemon zest on top. Garnish with some fennel fronds

SARDINE SPINACH SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS: 1 garlic clove, 2 oz ~ 2 C spinach, wilted in pan, 1 english muffin toasted , 2 sardines smokes in oil, 1 tomato sliced. lemon juice, mustard & mayo.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in pan, sauce garlic, add spinach – wilt, remove from heat, drain.
  • Toast bread, add little mayo & mustard,add spinach, then sardine, drizzle lemon juice, top with slice of tomato.

WSJ  2017 Serves 4

INGREDIENTS: 4 olive oil packed anchovies, 4 Tb olive oil, 2 C green or black lentils, 1 head garlic halved crosswise, 2 sprigs fish sage, 2 med heads fennel halved lengthwise sliced very thin, 2 C ricotta, 2 TB chopped parsley, lemon zest & juice ½ lemon.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Anchovies- place on dish, drizzle with some oil, lemon zest.
  • Cook lentils- use heavy pot (Dutch oven) cover lentils with 2 inches of water, add garlic halves & sage & 2 TB olive oil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer until lentils tender ~ 20 min. Add more water if needed. Strain and drizzle with oil & S&P.
  • Sliced Fennel- f woody, sprinkle with lemon juice. 2 Tb olive oil.
  • Each plate: ½ C Ricotta, arrange dressed fennel on top, spoon lentils over fennel. Top with marinated anchovies, extra oil and chopped parsley.
  • 1 med fennel (10 0z) quartered, sliced thin
  • 1 long or 2 short celery stalks cut this crosswise.
  • 2 c cooked black quinoa
  • ¼ C chopped parsley
  • 2 TB chips chives

Dressing – mix together

  • 2 TB lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • S & P
  • 5 TB oil

 

Sunset 2015 serves 4

  • ²⁄³ C red quinoa, cooked to package directions (about 20 min)
  • 2 small carrots thinly sliced on diagonal (mixed colors)
  • ½ very thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • ¹⁄³ C olive oil
  • 3 TBs sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp each salt & pepper
  • 8 Cups baby kale or mixed green, roughly tear large pieces
  • ¹⁄³ C crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ C toasted sliced almonds
  • pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar
  • flake salt for finishing

Whisk oil, sherry vinegar, kosher salt & pepper in small bowl.

Then toss kale, carrots, fennel with ²⁄³ of dressing in large bowl.

Drain cooked quinoa,stir in remaining dressing & add to kale mixture.

Divide salad among 4 salad plates, scatter cheese, almonds and drizzle with pomegranate or balsamic, sprinkle with salt flakes.

 

From WSJ 2012

Vinaigrette

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 TBS Sherry vinegar

In small bowl, cover shallots with vinegar. Let sit 10 minutes, then add and whisk constantly:

  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 2TB canola oil
  • season with salt & pepper

Prepare fennel & Artichokes

  • 1 Cup fennel, sliced 1/8th inch thick, sprinkle with flaky sea salt & juice of ½ Lemon. Set aside 5-10 Min.
  • 3 -4 whole artichokes in olive oil, quartered.

Prepare Arugula greens

  • 8 Cups arugula toss with pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces shaved parmesan (use vegetable peeler)
  • Add artichokes, fennel.
  • Toss with half of vinagrette, add extra to taste.