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Appetizers, Vegetarian

Frico with fennel-apple slaw

Frico with fennel-apple slaw
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Sometimes when I make a grilled cheese sandwich, I deliberately load the bread with far more cheese than it can handle, knowing full well that as the sandwich cooks, the cheddar or Emmentaler will inevitably spill over the sides and ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 as a first course or appetizer
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced Meyer lemons plus 3 tablespoons juice, from about 2 lemons
  • 1 large bulb fennel, thinly sliced (about 2 cups), plus 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, cored and sliced lengthwise into one-fourth-inch-thick sticks (do not peel the apple)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Olive oil for brushing the parchment paper

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2In a small skillet heated over medium heat, toast the fennel seeds just until they are fragrant, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan frequently. Remove from heat and place the seeds in a medium bowl.

Step 3Add the olive oil, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper and lemon juice to the bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in the lemon slices, fennel slices and fronds, apples and tarragon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4Make the frico: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the paper with a thin coat of olive oil. Make 4 evenly spaced mounds of cheese, using about 3 tablespoons of the cheese for each. Spread the cheese with your fingers to make 4-inch rounds, making sure the cheese is evenly spread and there is at least 1 to 2 inches between rounds. Bake until the cheese is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and gently loosen the frico from the parchment. Gently place the frico on a rack to cool.

Step 5Divide the fennel-apple slaw among four plates and top each with a frico. Serve immediately.

Note: Make the slaw a day ahead to allow the flavors to blend and the fennel to soften slightly.

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