About this recipe:A very simple but totally delicious vegetarian dish. Fennel is baked with cream, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. This is an ideal accompaniment to many tomato based Italian dishes as the creaminess balances very well with the tomato flavour.
Cut the base from the fennel bulbs, then cut a cone shape into the base to remove the core. You can see the core because it is whiter in colour than rest of the vegetable. This is optional, but helps the fennel cook faster. Slice the fennel vertically into 5mm thick slices.
Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the fennel, and fry for about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream and sour cream until well blended. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown and the fennel is tender when pierced with a fork.