Parmesan-crusted fennel fritters with Meyer lemon dip

March 25, 2013
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  • Makes 16 to 20 fritters
Author Notes

Pan-fried in a little olive oil, these fennel fritters come out tender on the inside and delightfully crunchy on the outside. Served with a fragrant Meyer lemon dip, they're irresistible! —Viviane Bauquet Farre

What You'll Need
  • For the fennel and breadcrumbs
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt for the blanching water
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds – finely ground in a mortar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
  • high heat vegetable oil for pan-frying
  • fennel greens as garnish
  • For the dip
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest (or regular lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons regular lemon juice)
  1. To trim the fennel bulb – Cut the stalks off where they meet the bulb. Cut the bulb in quarters, right through the root end. Then cut each quarter in 4 to 5, 1/4” slices, making sure to cut right through the root end again so the slices stay attached together. (The fennel slices can be blanched right away or placed in a bowl and submerged with cold water. They can be stored this way and refrigerated for several hours. This will keep them crisp and prevent them from discoloring).
  2. Fill a medium bowl with cold water and several ice cubes, set aside. Fill a medium heavy-bottomed pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the salt and fennel slices. Blanch for 6 minutes, until tender but still firm. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water bath until cool. Drain on kitchen towels or paper towels and pat-dry.
  3. For the breadcrumbs – Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, ground fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread on a plate and set aside.
  4. Place the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Dip each fennel slice in the egg and then turn them in the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a plate large enough to hold all the slices in a single layer. Cook’s note: The fennel fritters can be prepared to this point up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to pan-fry them.
  5. To make the dip — Place the sour cream in a bowl. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk until well incorporated and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. To make the fritters – Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add enough oil to the pan to reach 1/8” up the sides. When the oil is hot add the fennel slices to the pan so they are in a single layer, without overcrowding them. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown. Flip the slices and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes until golden-brown. Remove from pan with a slotted spatula and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  7. To serve – Overlap 4 to 5 fritters in the center of each plate. Place a spoonful of the dip next to them. Garnish with fennel greens and serve immediately. Alternatively, serve as an hors d’oeuvres and place the fritters on a large platter and the dip in a medium bowl. Cook’s note: Serve the fritters piping hot, as they become soggy as they cool.
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10 Reviews

clintonhillbilly April 12, 2013
Sounds delicious, thank you!
Viviane B. April 12, 2013
Thank you so much... and enjoy!
fiveandspice March 27, 2013
These look SO delightful! Utterly perfect for spring. I third the mouthwatering-ness!
Viviane B. April 1, 2013
Emily! You truly made me smile... Thank you for your wonderful comment!
TheWimpyVegetarian March 26, 2013
Oh I love these, Viviane! I'm with Pat - my mouth is watering!!
Viviane B. March 26, 2013
Susan, thank you for your comment... Just warmed my heart!
inpatskitchen March 26, 2013
My mouth is watering as I look at these! Awesome!!
Viviane B. March 26, 2013
Thank you so much!
em-i-lis March 25, 2013
These look fantastic! And what pretty pics!
Viviane B. March 26, 2013
Thank you Emily!