I love this sauce on fish, with rice, pasta and potatoes. The liquorice flavours of fennel mellow out completely yet don't lose their essence. —Kitchen Butterfly
What You'll Need
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 large fennel bulb, washed, cored and cut into thin slices
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken stock (low salt)
3 - 4 stalks fresh lemon thyme, leaves separated from stalks if possible
Salt and pepper, to taste
Finely grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
Fennel fronds, to garnish
In a pan, melt a tablespoon of the butter. Add the fennel slices and sprinkle a pinch of salt. Let cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the wine and let cook till the fennel softens. Remove from the heat and in a blender/food processor, blitz till the mixture is smooth.
Return the fennel puree to the heat and add the chicken stock and thyme. Check for seasoning, adjust and let simmer slowly for about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in half of the grated lemon zest and top the sauce with some finely chopped fennel fronds and the rest of the lemon zest