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Baked fennel with cheese: two delicious and easy-to-make recipes

Baked fennel with cheese

Baked fennel with cheese are delicious and inviting, perfect for an original and tasty side dish.

Today we prepare fantastic baked fennel with bechamel, a rich and perfect dish both for a side dish and for a substantial single dish. To make this course you can use different ingredients, and we have chosen to propose a classic variant with béchamel and cheese, and another even more delicious and particular: fennel cutlets .

Let’s go straight to the kitchen and discover these two delicious recipes with fennel together!

Baked fennel with cheese
Baked fennel with cheese

How to cook breaded fennel in the oven

  1. Wash the fennels and cut them into slices, then blanch them for about ten minutes in boiling salted water. Once they are ready, drain and let them dry.
  2. Take an ovenproof dish and arrange the fennel hearts, then cover them with the bechamel, grated cheese, sliced ​​or diced provolone, pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Mix everything and complete with a good sprinkling of breadcrumbs, which will facilitate the formation of the crust.
  4. At this point you just have to bake in the oven at 200 ° C for about 20 minutes , until the surface is golden and crunchy. Enjoy your meal!

The variant: baked fennel cutlets

Surely all of you have heard of the Milanese cutlet , whose fame precedes it in Italy and beyond. This particular variant of the classic recipe of baked fennel au gratin takes its point from the famous steak, and is a tasty alternative to the traditional dish.

You can also serve these fennel as a side dish, but they are so delicious that they are also suitable as a main course. In short, if you’ve never tried them, it’s time to cook them. Ready go!

Ingredients for the recipe of fennel cutlets with cheese (for 4 people)

  • 4 hearts of fennel
  • 80 g of flour
  • 100 g of breadcrumbs
  • 60 g of fontina
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper as needed
Baked fennel cutlets
Baked fennel cutlets
  1. First, take the fennel and clean them thoroughly, removing the parts that are too hard and the outer leaves.
  2. At this point, once the hearts have been obtained, cut them in half and then again into slices.
  3. Let’s move on to the breading. Today we will bread the fennel first in flour and then in breadcrumbs, to give even more flavor to the recipe. But if you want, you can also use just breadcrumbs.
  4. Beat three eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper, adding a tablespoon of milk to the mixture.
  5. Meanwhile, cut some cheese into thin slices and place them on top of the fennel (you can use fontina, emmental or any other cheese you like).
  6. Pass them in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
  7. Let the cutlets rest in the fridge for about ten minutes.
  8. Bake the fennel in the oven at 180 ° C for about 30 minutes . Let them brown well, and once ready, salt them lightly. Enjoy your meal!

If you liked it, here are other ideas on how to cook fennel .


We recommend keeping both versions of the recipes with baked fennel for a maximum of 2 days , in the fridge and well covered with cling film. We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

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