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Golden-Topped Fennel

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Category: Rice, Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 4 X225g bulbs fennel, approx
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • -black pepper
  • 125 g Mixed white and wild rice
  • 125 g Onions
  • 275 g Small brown-cap mushrooms
  • 1 sm Bunch watercress
  • 2 ts Oil
  • 2 tb Soy sauce
  • 25 g Low-fat spread
  • 2 Level tbsp white plain flour
  • 300 ml Skimmed milk
  • 40 g Freshly grated Parmesan
  • -cheese
  • Grilled cherry tomatoes and
  • -watercress, to garnish

 Directions

1. Halve the fennel lengthways; remove and discard the central core. Cook
in boiling salted water for about 15 minutes until just tender, then drain
well. Cook the rice in boiling salted water until just tender (follow
packet instructions); drain well.

2. Meanwhile, roughly chop the onions, slice the mushrooms and roughly chop
the watercress. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion for 2
minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until all
excess moisture is driven off. Add the rice, watercress and soy sauce;
season.

3. Meanwhile, make the Parmesan sauce. Melt the low-fat spread in a small
pan, then stir in the flour, followed by the milk. Bring slowly to the
boil, stirring continually, until sauce thickens. Whisk until smooth;
simmer gently for 1-2 minutes. Stir in 25g cheese and season. Keep warm
over a low heat.

4. Arrange the fennel halves in a shallow ovenproof dish. Pile the mushroom
mixture on to each one, spoon the sauce over, sprinkle with the remaining
Parmesan cheese and grill until golden brown. To serve, garnish with the
halved, grilled cherry tomatoes and watercress.

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