Fennel Gratin

Arrange fennel in a 10" baking dish, and scatter butter and garlic around fennel...
Ingredients: 
  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp. butter, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups hot chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
Instructions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Arrange fennel in a 10" baking dish, and scatter butter and garlic around fennel.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add hot stock and bake until tender and browned, about 1½ hours.
  5. Preheat broiler.
  6. Spoon cream over fennel, sprinkle nutmeg over cream, then sprinkle fennel with parmigiano-reggiano.
  7. Broil until golden, about 1 minute.
  8. Serves 4.