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Caramelized Fennel Bulbs With Goat's Cheese

This simple one-pot appetizer creates the most delicious fennel you'll ever have. It involves caramelizing them in a pan until they're tender, golden, and have developed a deep and rich flavor. Just top with a bit of chevre, lemon zest, dill, and enjoy!

Course Side Dish
Keyword fennel
Servings 2 people
Calories 775 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flake kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 small fennel bulbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 lemon's freshly grated zest


  1. Cut the stems and fronds off the fennel bulbs and set them aside for later. Cut the fennel bulbs vertically into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  2. Heat the butter and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a wide and shallow dish until the butter has melted. Add the sugar, salt, and pepper to the pan and stir. Add a single layer of the fennel bulb slices and reduce heat to medium-low.

  3. Cook until transparent and lightly golden around the edges, then flip and do the same with the other side. Remove the caramelized fennel bulbs from the pan and set them aside, then repeat with the remaining fennel bulb slices, making sure to always cook them in a single layer so that each slice is in contact with the pan.

  4. Once all the fennel bulbs have ben caramelized, toss them with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, fresh dill, garlic, and fennel seeds. Serve them on top of the stems and fronds and top them with the crumbled goat cheese and grated lemon zest.
Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Fennel Bulbs With Goat's Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 775 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1675mg73%
Potassium 1999mg57%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 2515IU50%
Vitamin C 65.5mg79%
Calcium 359mg36%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.