Low Carb Fennel Gratin. An exquisite side dish for every occasion. 4g net carbs.
With so many low carb vegetables to choose from, there is absolutely no reason to be repetitive. Fennel is a great alternative to the usual keto darlings, namely cauliflower, broccoli and courgettes.
Are you a fennelphobe? Have you ever tasted cooked fennel? You may have never tried it because you didn’t know what to do with it. Or maybe you hate liquorice and you were led to believe that it tastes like liquorice. It’s a myth. Fennel has just a mild aniseed flavour that diminishes further with cooking. And I’m convinced that, if you try this decadent gratin recipe, you’ll become a fully fledged fennelphile. Or maybe my Fennel, Celery and Cucumber Salad or Fennel Purée already converted you.
How to Make Low Carb Fennel Gratin
This dish is layered like a lasagna: fennel – cream sauce – fennel – cream sauce – Parmigiano Reggiano.
My very easy creamy sauce is a mix of butter, Mascarpone, crème fraîche, and Gruyère cheese and only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.
Start off with 4 large and plump fennel bulbs. Leave the skinny ones on the shelf – they’re not good.
Trim the bottoms. Cut off the stalks at the point where they attach to the bulbs. Discard the first two outer leaves. Wash away any dirt. Slice. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain. Layer onto a baking dish. Coat with my irresistible creamy sauce. Repeat. Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake while you prepare your meat or fish main course. Serve whilst still bubbling hot. Happy days.
I am willing to bet that this fennel favourite of mine will top your chart of favourite side dishes.
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Low Carb Fennel Gratin
- trim the base of the fennel bulbs and remove stalks and outer leaves; wash and cut into halves.
- place cut sides facing down and slice (about 1cm thickness).
- transfer to a large saucepan and fill with enough water to submerge all the fennel slices; add salt, cover and bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to a fast simmer and boil for 12 minutes.
- drain well and set aside.
- repeat and finish by topping with the Parmigiano.
- bake at 200°C Circo-Roast (no need to pre-heat) for 18-20 minutes, until the top is bubbling with rich golden spots.
- serve alongside meat or fish of your choice.
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