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A MARIO BATALI RECIPE

Braised + Raw Fennel Salad

with Blood Orange and Toasted Pine Nuts

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Ingredients

Serves 6 people

3 large fennel bulbs, trimmed, fronds removed, chopped and set aside

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus ¼ cup

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

4 salt-packed anchovies, filleted, rinsed, and chopped

½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

½  cup chopped parsley

Juice and stripped zest of 2 blood oranges

segments from 3 blood oranges, residual juices reserved

2 tsp Dijon mustard

½ cup toasted pine nuts

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Shave 1 bulb fennel very thinly on a mandolin and set aside in ice water.  Cut the other 2 bulbs of fennel into ¼ in batonette.

 

In a 10- to 12-inch skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until smoking. Add the fennel and cook, stirring to coat the fennel with oil, then leave without stirring to develop a deep brown caramelization, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the garlic has softened and the anchovies are beginning to dissolve, about 1 minute. Turn off the heat and toss in half of the chopped parsley and the residual juices from the segmented oranges. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

 

In a large bowl, stir together the blood orange juice, Dijon, half of the toasted pineuts and remaining oil and season well with salt and pepper. Drain the shaved fennel on paper towels and then toss with the citronette and half of the blood orange segments. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. To serve, divide the warm cooked fennel on six plates and then arrange the raw fennel mixture over the top and sprinkle with more pine nuts, orange segments and reserved fennel fronds. Serve immediately.

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