Gluten Free Passover Recipes Part 4: Braised Fennel with Apricots and Figs

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Fennel is one of those vegetables that people either love or absolutely hate, mostly because of its strong licorice taste.

What most people don’t realize however, is how much fennel changes once it’s cooked. That strong, licorice taste almost disappears, and all you’re left with is a sweet flavor and slightly buttery texture. And if you’re not convinced, check out this super simple recipe. It might make you change your mind!

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Remove the fronds from the fennel. Cut the bulb in half, length wise, ad slice each half into 3 pieces

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Season well on both sides, and arrange the slices in a large, deep skillet

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Cook until the fennel is caramelized

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Add orange juice, white wine and dried fruit

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Simmer for 45 minutes and enjoy!

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Braised Fennel with Apricots and Figs
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 Medium Fennel bulbs (fronds cut)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp seasoned or black pepper
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 10-12 dried apricots
  • 8-10 dried figs, cut in half
  • ⅛ - ¼ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped (optional)
  1. Cut each fennel bulb in half, length wise, and slice each half in 3 pieces. Season with salt and pepper on both sides
  2. In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil. Arrange fennel pieces (you can crowd the pan because fennel will shrink). Cook over medium heat, 5 minutes on each side. Add orange juice, wine, apricots and figs and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes
  3. Garnish with pistachios (if using)

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes

Braised Fennel with Apricots & Figs #passover #vegan #glutenFree #Kosher #recipes



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28 Responses to Gluten Free Passover Recipes Part 4: Braised Fennel with Apricots and Figs

  1. Yosef - This American Bite March 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    ROCK ON. That looks AMAZING.

  2. Jamie Geller March 28, 2014 at 5:09 am #

    I am one of those people that LOVES!!!! fennel raw or braised or roasted – well you get the idea. Just adore what you did here.

    • Vicky & Ruth March 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you so much. We actually got the idea from a chicken recipe pour mom used to make. We wanted to make it vegetarian and thought fennel would be the perfect veggie to use. Glad you like it!

      • Amy May 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

        This looks fabulous and I would love to make this with chicken too – how?

        • Vicky & Ruth May 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

          If you want to make this dish with chicken, sautee chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil until fully cooked. then add the chicken to the Fennel right before adding the orange juice and the wine. We would use boneless chicken thighs. Let us know how it comes out. All the best.

  3. Ronnie Fein March 28, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    I am absolutely making this over the weekend. This is the recipe that might finally get my husband to love fennel. The combo of the tangy dried fruit and fresh fennel — what a winner. Never thought to use that. you have opened up a whole new category for me
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    • Vicky & Ruth March 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks!!! So glad to hear that. It’s amazing how people who don’t like fennel at all, end up loving it when it’s served cooked. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Tamar Genger March 28, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    This looks amazing!! I love fennel and always want to try new ways to cook it, I love how it plays center stage in this recipe.
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    • Vicky & Ruth March 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Thank you! We love fennel as well and works great braised. Glad you liked the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Couldn't Be Parve April 1, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    What a beautiful picture! I never would have thought to braise fennel with fruit, it looks amazing!
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    • Vicky & Ruth April 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

      Thank you so much. This dish was a real success, everyone loved it!

      • emile sabbah April 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

        emile april 2nd
        Fennel is one of the most delicious and amaizing vegetable
        your recipe just give to it what it deserves thank you
        emile sabbah exec chef

        • Vicky & Ruth April 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

          WOW, we are honored to get such a great review from a chef. Thank you!

  6. jessica @ the kosher foodies April 3, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    oh my! my father in law would just LOVE this dish. i must make it over the holiday!
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    • Vicky & Ruth April 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Thank you! Enjoy the holiday and we hope your father in law likes this fennel recipe.

  7. Sarah & Arkadi April 17, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    beautiful looking dish! so rustic!
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  8. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens April 19, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    I’m one of those people who definitely falls into the “love” fennel group, and this is such a stunningly gorgeous preparation! What a creative and delicious flavor combination! I’ll bet this will make fennel lovers out of people who thought they didn’t like it! Yum!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • Vicky & Ruth April 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you Shelley, we are big fans of fennel as well! We love it cooked and raw!

  9. Sarah Klinkowitz May 11, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I am loving the colors – I happen to like fennel (I am not in the love or hate category, so I need to eat it more so I can love it!) and I think this dish is fantastic!
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    • Vicky & Ruth May 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you!! You’ll be surprised how different it tastes once it’s cooked!

  10. lynne gill November 23, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Drawn in by the beautiful photograph and stayed because the recipe is just so simple – what a wonderful side dish for Christmas Dinner!

    • lynne gill November 23, 2014 at 6:53 am #

      Sorry, just realised this is a Passover recipe – no offense intended – I think this would just be a great celebratory meal side dish!
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      • Vicky & Ruth November 23, 2014 at 7:11 am #

        No apology needed! This is a great celebratory meal dish, for any Holiday! It just happens to be perfect for Passover because of its ingredients. Glad you liked it. Enjoy!!

  11. marci April 3, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    I hate fennel but thought i would give it a try. Tired of Tzimmes thought this would be a good substitute. Loved the recipe. Making it again for Passover.


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