Sautéed Fennel, Leeks and Mushrooms
Though anise-flavored fennel is a great veggie, most of us don’t think to use it for everyday meals. Sautéd with leeks and mushrooms, it makes a nice accompaniment to pasta and grain dishes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine or water
- 2 large leeks, white and palest green parts only, chopped and rinsed well
- 1 large fennel bulb (stalks trimmed away and discarded), quartered and sliced
- 6 to 8 ounces cremini or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts, optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat the oil and wine in a large skillet. Add the leeks, fennel, and mushrooms, and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the leeks are wilted and the fennel tender crisp. Add tiny amounts of water if needed to keep the skillet moist.
When the vegetables are done to your liking, stir in the parsley and optional walnuts. Season with salt and pepper, then serve at once.