Fennel a la Greque with Parmesan

When I had a fennel bulb sitting in the bottom of the fridge, my friend Jude came to the rescue with this easy cooked-in-the-oven dish, a la Grecque in style, melt-in-the-mouth in texture and oh-my-goodness flavour-wise.

The fennel, topped with parmesan cheese, is slowly cooked in wine and olive oil until achingly tender, then uncovered and left to crisp and caramelise. It is perfect either hot from the oven or at room temperature. It works well as a side dish, starter or part of a mezze, tapas or grazing plate.

Similar recipes include Fennel Jam, Baked Fennel Stuffed with Feta, Fennel and Potato with White Peas and Garlic, and Braised Fennel with Capers, Olives and Ricotta.

Browse all of our Fennel dishes and our A la Grecque recipes. Or explore our Late Winter dishes.

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Onion and Chilli Polenta

Another way that we love to cook polenta is with caramelised onions and oregano, with a ton of butter and cheese added. Then it is pan fried until crispy on the outside and soft and cheesy in the middle.

It takes a while to caramelise the onions properly, then simmer them with the stock. Allow sufficient time to make this, perhaps as you potter around the kitchen on a Sunday morning.

Another way of serving this polenta is to leave it quite moist so that it does not harden, and lay a bed of it on a plate. Top with anything you fancy – below that is a Sticky Fennel Jam that I made while the onions were caramelising. But also a beautiful Italian tomato sauce with be perfect on top. Also some roasted broccoli florets. A green chilli paste. Crispy onion rings. Whatever your imagination suggests.

Similar recipes include Wet Polenta and Tomato Layers, Polenta Crisps, and Polenta Chips.

Browse all of our Italian dishes and all of our Polenta recipes.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006.  It appears here as part of the Retro Recipes series of recipes which documents our vegetarian recipes from that first blog.

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Zucchini Carpaccio with Parmesan

Today we bring you another beautiful yet simple salad, Italian in style, featuring zucchini and parmesan. The zucchini is marinated in oil and lemon juice then placed on a bed of rocket with slivers of parmesan. The salad is then scattered with a toasted breadcrumb mixture of onion, olives and feta. Perfect. Easy. Delicious.

Similar recipes include Grilled Zucchini and Fennel, Zucchini, Lemon and Dill Salad, and Salad of Zucchini and Tomatoes.

Browse all of our Zucchini Salads and all of our hundreds of Salads. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes.

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Insalata di Radicchio e Rughetta | Salad of Rocket and Radicchio with Parmesan

It is time to increase the presence of wonderful greens in our kitchen and we begin with a quick salad of Rocket (Arugala) and Radicchio. These are tossed with parmesan and a vinaigrette and topped with toasted nuts. There, you have the recipe already. We are so lucky that our Italian brothers and sisters believe in simple dishes and have a wealth of vegetarian dishes packed full of flavour.

It is a wonderful way to begin a meal. I recommend serving it before your main course, and wait for the oohs and aahs from your eating companions. It is the parmesan that makes all the difference in this salad. Oh, and my special trick with the dressing.

Similar recipes include Spaghetti with Ricotta and Radicchio, White Fig and Rocket Salad, Rocket Salad with Penne and Parmesan, and Grilled Radicchio with Shallots and Dill.

Browse all of our Rocket dishes and our Radicchio recipes. All of our wonderful Salads are here and Italian dishes here. Or browse our Early Winter collection of dishes.

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Mushroom Salad with Parmesan

The wonderful Italian providore nearby has ensured that I use more Italian cheeses in the kitchen. It is good to have a quality supply of Parmesan, Pecorino and Provolone for grating and also ones for eating. As well as these classics they stock other Italian cheeses which we are exploring.

Because of this shop we are including more Parmesan and Pecorino in our day to day eating – from munching slivers for supper to including in our dishes. Today, this simple salad we came across in Bittman’s 101 Salads, is a cracker.

Are you looking for Mushroom Salads? Try Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts and Ginger Vinaigrette. Or try these Mushroom Dishes: The Perfect Shitake Mushroom Sauce, Mushroom Curry with a Yoghurt Tomato Sauce, and Mushrooms for Toast.

Or are you looking for Mushroom dishes? Try Pearl Mushrooms with Thyme, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s Slow Cooked Creamy Mushrooms, Mushroom Risotto and the Perfect Mushroom Sauce.

You might like to explore our Mushroom Salads here, and all of our Salads here. Other Mushroom dishes are here. Or simply browse our Late Summer dishes.

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Three Cheese Risotto

Risotto is such a comfort dish, packed with flavour. For us it is a Wintery night time dish that we love to eat in relaxed style with the fire going and the talk about family and life.

This risotto is creamy and beautiful, with heaps of cheese including some Gorgonzola. You know how you love that Four Cheese Pizza? You will love this Three Cheese Risotto. It really is white on white on white on white  on white (onion, rice, milk, cheese, plate).

One thing that is a must read if you are cooking your first few risottos. How to Cook Risotto – it also explains which rices to use for the best results in making risotto.

Are you looking for other Risotto recipes? Try So Easy Tomato Risotto, Beetroot RisottoRisotto with Mushrooms, Asparagus Risotto with Basil, and Caramelised Roasted Pumpkin Risotto.

Or are you after Cheesey dishes? Try Cheese and Eggplant Torte, Mascarpone and Gorgonzola Torte, and Melted Cheesey Toast on the BBQ.

You can browse all of our Risottos, or all of our Italian dishes. Or explore all of our Late Autumn dishes.

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Parmesan Potatoes (with Broad Beans Sautéed with Crispy Garlic)

Perfect Saturday afternoon snack

How good these Parmesan Potatoes are! The saltiness of the cheese, the crispness from baking, and the freshness of the broad beans. It is a great snack indeed, or a first course, or an excellent side at a BBQ.

The potatoes are sliced thin and baked in a hot oven with parmesan cheese. It is very simple to make. The broad beans are quickly sautéed with garlic, and their texture goes so well with the potatoes.

Similar dishes include Batata Hara (Lebanese Roasted Potatoes), Potatoes and Cheddar Gratin, Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomatoes, and Perfect Roast Potatoes.

Have a look at the other Broad Bean recipes, and our other Potato dishes. Our snacks are here. Or simply explore our Late Spring recipes.

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Baked Parsnips with Parmesan

We all love Parmesan sprinkled over baked dishes – that leathery melted sheet that results is chewy and yummy, the result of direct heat. But the complex flavours of parmesan are better preserved when, grated, it hits food still warm from the oven or stove. In fact, in Italian food, Parmesan is used widely but sparingly and rarely sees direct heat.

We use that practice with these gorgeously roasted Parsnips. It is Winter, and Winter = Parsnips. A simple dish to make but oh how very wonderful.

Are you after similar recipes? We have Roasted Parsnip Soup with Spices, and  Mashed Parsnips with Olive Oil and Parmesan.

If you would like to browse all of our Parsnip recipes, they are here. Or take some time to explore our Mid Winter delights.

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Roughly Mashed Parsnips with Olive Oil and Parmesan

Luxurious and nourishing, a Winter dish

Parsnips are a wonder in winter – slightly sweet, beautifully tender. Once Spring comes, parsnips become more woody and starchy and are less successful. Make this mash when parsnips are at their peak. It is deliciously indulgent and nourishing.

Try these other Parsnip recipes: Baked Parsnips with Parmesan.

Are you after other Mashes? Try Garlicky Mashed Potato, and Parsnip and Carrot Mash.

And try these Potato Mashes – English, French, and Indian.

Perhaps you might like to browse our Parsnip recipes, and all of our Mash recipes. Explore all of our easy Mid Winter recipes as well.

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Peter’s Wet Polenta and Tomato Layers

Once I had a lovely older Italian man as a hairdresser. He was amazing. As we molded my hair into some shape and varied colour upon colour, we discussed cooking, fashion and food. Sometimes with a glass of champagne. He was very special and he gave me this great family polenta recipe.

Read about Polenta, then have a look at How to Cook Polenta.

Similar recipes include Onion and Chilli Polenta, Polenta Crisps with Avocado and Yoghurt, Butternut with Buckwheat Polenta and Tempura Lemons, Onion and Chilli Polenta and Grilled Polenta.

Or are you looking for Italian recipes? Try White Bean Soup, Farinata with Onions and Tomatoes, and Roast Pumpkin Risotto.

Please browse all of our Polenta recipes here. Our Italian recipes can be explored here. Or simply visit our Early Spring recipes.

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