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Baked Fennel And Boston Lettuce

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Ingredients
  Pancetta/Bacon 1⁄4 Pound, cut into 1-by-1/4-inch strips
  Carrot 1 Small, coarsely chopped
  Celery ribs 1 Small, coarsely chopped
  Onion 1 Small, coarsely chopped
  Fennel bulbs 2 1⁄2 Pound (About 3 Large Sized)
  Boston lettuce 1⁄2 Pound, leaves separated (1 Head)
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chicken stock/Canned broth 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 350°.
2) In a small saucepan of simmering water, blanch the pancetta for 2 minutes.
3) Drain and in large shallow gratin or baking dish, place the pancetta.
4) Add carrot, celery and onion into the dish.
5) In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the fennel bulbs for 2 minutes.
6) With a slotted spoon, remove the fennel bulbs and let cool slightly.
7) Add the Boston lettuce leaves to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes; drain.
8) Make thick slices from the fennel bulbs along the length.
9) Arrange the fennel on top of the chopped vegetables.
10) Season with pepper and cover the fennel with the wilted lettuce leaves.
11) In a small saucepan, combine chicken stock, lemon juice, butter and salt.
12) Place over moderately high heat and heat until the butter melts.
13) Pour this liquid over the fennel.
14) With a sheet of buttered aluminum foil, cover the baking dish.

MAKING
15) Place inside oven to bake for 45 minutes, or until the fennel is tender.
16) Carefully lift the lettuce off the fennel and in a food processor, place the lettuce.
17) In a serving platter, place the fennel. With a foil cover the fennel to keep warm.
18) Add the remaining ingredients into the food processor along with the pan juices to process for preparing the sauce.
19) Season the sauce with additional salt, pepper and lemon juice as per taste.

SERVING
20) Spoon the pureed vegetable sauce over the fennel in the serving platter. Pass the remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Fennel
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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