Roasted Fennel and Grapes

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Food52 Review: This is an interesting and delicious new way to use grapes. Roasted grapes take on such a sweet profile and they pair beautifully with the fennel. The layering of the fennel and anise seed flavors is beautiful, as is the slight acidity the apple cider vinegar adds. This dish is delicious hot or cold and is certainly a crowd pleaser! thehappycook

Serves 2-3

  • 1 cored and cut 1/4" sliced fennel bulb
  • 1/3 cup red grapes
  • 1/2 sliced medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • a hunk of fresh parmesan
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Toss the fennel, grapes, and onion with the olive oil to coat. Sprinkle on the spices, salt, and pepper and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a large baking dish, and roast 15-25 minutes or until fennel and onion are starting to brown, and grapes are slightly wrinkled.
  2. As soon as you remove the vegetables from the oven, sprinkle the vinegar over them and scrape up any caramelized bits that may have stuck to the baking dish. Crumble the toasted walnuts into the dish, and serve with the hunk of parmesan and a cheese slicer on the table.
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about 2 years ago fearlessem

This was excellent -- savory, unusual, and really satisfying! The whole spices added great flavor and a little crunch, and the combination of cumin, coriander, and anise (actually, I only had fennel seeds, which worked fine) means that this could be served as a side dish for a main course from a variety of different ethnic cuisines. I doubled the amount of grapes in the recipe to good effect, but other wise made it as specified. The walnuts are key - they really round out the flavors. Note that it took substantially longer than 25 minutes for me in the oven, but that may also have been because I doubled the recipe. I served this with grilled italian sausage and brown rice, and the three paired perfectly together. This is a keeper!

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about 2 years ago linzarella

Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

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about 2 years ago linzarella

Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

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about 2 years ago healthierkitchen

This sounds delicious and really interesting!

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over 3 years ago Ms. T

Mmm, love the flavor combo!

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over 3 years ago ellenl

This sounds really good!