Beet ‘n Squash YOU! Battle Fennel Results

Posted by on Dec 7, 2009

Leela (SheSimmers.com) and I thank all of the contributors to our second Beet ‘n Squash YOU! event.

Initially, received a lot of “I hate fennel” responses. Gahh…! Did we choose the wrong vegetable?

But our loyal foodies stepped up. We were blown away by the enthusiasm! 27 in all!


Here are the creative recipes. The winners are announced at the bottom, along with details for the next battle.

My Entry:

Roasted Fennel and Anchovies on Rosemary Polenta by Melody Fury

Roasted Fennel and Anchovies on Rosemary Polenta by Me

Leela’s Entry:

Calvados Fennel and Green Apple Confiture by Leela of SheSimmers.com

Calvados Fennel and Green Apple Confiture by Leela of SheSimmers.com

The Participants

Potatoes with Fennel Au Gratin by Rick (.pdf)

Potatoes with Fennel Au Gratin by Rick (.pdf)

Fennel with Garlic and Parsley by a doctors kitchen

Fennel with Garlic and Parsley by a doctor's kitchen

Fennel And Apple Juice For Health by  Keep Learning Keep Smiling

Fennel And Apple Juice For Health by Keep Learning Keep Smiling

Pork Roast on Apple and Fennel by Frantasticfood

Pork Roast on Apple and Fennel by Frantasticfood

Bite-size Beignets with Gruyère, Fennel & Piment despelette by Once Upon a Plate

Bite-size Beignets with Gruyère, Fennel & Piment d'espelette by Once Upon a Plate

A New Thanksgiving Appetizer Chestnut Mushroom Pate by My Mans Belly

A New Thanksgiving Appetizer Chestnut Mushroom Pate by My Man's Belly

Pasta with Roasted Beets, Fennel and Blue Cheese by He Cooks, She Cooks

Pasta with Roasted Beets, Fennel and Blue Cheese by He Cooks, She Cooks

Fragrant ginger and fennel soup by Quasi Serendipita

Fragrant ginger and fennel soup by Quasi Serendipita

Pork and Apple Stew by Eclectic CookFennel and Shrimp Pot Pie by foodiePrints

Fennel and Salmon Terrine by Mark Palmer

Fennel and Salmon Terrine by Mark Palmer .DOC

Greek Fennel & Potato Salad The Creative Pot

Roasted Vegetables with Pancetta and Balsamic Sauce by Local Lemons

Roasted Vegetables with Pancetta and Balsamic Sauce by Local Lemons

Fennel & Persimmon Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette by  Let Me Eat Cake

Fennel & Persimmon Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette by Let Me Eat Cake

Savory Pear, Fennel and Chicken Tarte Tatin by Spinach Tiger

Savory Pear, Fennel and Chicken Tarte Tatin by Spinach Tiger

Carpaccio of Scallop and Shrimp with Sechuan Buttons by Chez What?

Carpaccio of Scallop and Shrimp with Sechuan Buttons by Chez What?

Fennel-Pastrami Gratin by Zen Can Cook

Fennel-Pastrami Gratin by Zen Can Cook

Pear Ginger Mousse with Candied Fennel by 5 Star Foodie

Pear Ginger Mousse with Candied Fennel by 5 Star Foodie

Braised Fennel by Cooking 4 the Week

Braised Fennel by Cooking 4 the Week

Sausage and Caramelized Apple Pasta by Cook Local

Sausage and Caramelized Apple Pasta by Cook Local

Mussells, fennel & chorizo in an apple and fennel bread bowl by The Cotswold Food Year

Mussells, fennel & chorizo in an apple and fennel bread bowl by The Cotswold Food Year

Fennel and Sweet Potato Omelette by Fried Wontons 4 u

Fennel and Sweet Potato Omelette by Fried Wontons 4 u

Crema di zucca, finocchio e mela verde by Kitchen Bloody Kitchen

Crema di zucca, finocchio e mela verde by Kitchen Bloody Kitchen

FENNEL n ONION SOUP w/Calvados and Melted Gruyere SOUP SHOOTER by Show Food Chef

FENNEL 'n ONION SOUP w/Calvados and Melted Gruyere SOUP SHOOTER by Show Food Chef

Fennel puree & fries with sea bass by French Cooking for Dummies

Fennel puree & fries with sea bass by French Cooking for Dummies


So which one is your favourite?

We are crowning 2 3 winners (because Leela’s a softie…)
Click here for Leela’s Picks.

Wall of Fame of past winners.

My Pick:

Tart of Fennel, Leek and Broccoli with Cheddar Crust by Bite Me Kitchen

Tart of Fennel, Leek and Broccoli with Cheddar Crust by Bite Me Kitchen

Apart from this colourful tart ‘s obvious visual appeal, Rose builds seriously complex layers of flavours and textures.

Firstly, the addition of cheddar and cornmeal to the crust creates a dense, savory sensation. She combines a selection of cheeses and a variety of vegetables to make a vegetarian filling. Her recipe follows our philosophy that vegetables should never be an afterthought next to meat.

Well-deserving winner, wouldn’t you say?

Go on, girl, and proudly display the winner badge on your page!


December is Battle Napa!

Submissions Due: January 8th

Leela‘s hosting ! Join the fun!

Please click here for detailed instructions.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

  • http://www.thecotswoldfoodyear.com James

    Wow – so many great things to try. Love the idea of fennel & anchovy. Fennel puree too. But it’s the carpaccio for me – fresh & vibrant.

  • http://friedwontons4u.com Shao

    Everyone did such a great job with their entries. Congrats to all the winners! Can’t wait until battle napa cabbage. It’s one of my favorite vegetable.

  • http://www.bitemekitchen.blogspot.com Rose

    Aw thank you! I had a lot of fun with this and look forward to more challenges! Everyone made such tantalizing dishes :)

  • http://zencancook.com zenchef

    [sniff].. boo hoooo..hooo…[sniff]
    You didn’t pick me! You don’t like me!! [sniff].. boo hooooo

    Anyway! Congrats to the winners! It looks great! Can i get a slice as a consolation prize? :) [sniff]

  • http://thecreativepot.blogspot.com Marisa

    Wow – so many awesome entries! My bookmarking app is going to be working overtime. Thanks for hosting Mel & Leela!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    What a GREAT lineup for a bit of a much maligned veggie! I LOVE Bite Me Kitchen’s creation. Yum – I want some NOW!

  • http://obviouslyomnivore.com Xai

    all of these look soooo good. and i think the winner’s recipe really looks so amazing.

  • corey melke

    Love this post!!! I just posted all about Fennel on my blog…it’s my favorite veggie and it’s really popular in Trinidad— 
    http://thehinzadventures.blogspot.com/2011/07/late-husband-amazing-bottle-of-wine.html