Shaved Fennel with Blood Oranges,
Pomegranate, and Pecorino

Serves 4


Shaved Fennel with Blood Oranges  
A classic winter salad to begin with, this dish is made both texturally and visually intriguing by the sweet and sexy addition of pomegranate seeds. The optional addition of paper-thin red onion slices and an oil and lemon dressing makes a lot of sense; the sharpness of onion works well with the sweet combo of fennel and pomegranate and the creamy contrast of sharp cheese.


2 large fennel bulbs, trimmed
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large blood oranges, peeled and segmented
1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper
6-ounce piece of hard pecorino
   (sardo or Tuscan) cheese


Use a mandolin or sharp knife to slice the fennel as thin as possible. Place the fennel slices in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice and olive oil. Add the blood orange segments and pomegranate seeds, season to taste with salt and pepper; and toss gently to mix.

Arrange the fennel salad on 4 individual plates. Shave the pecorino in long shards over the top of each plate and serve.


Mario Batali Simple Italian Food:
Recipes from My Two Villages

By Mario Batali
Clarkson Potter/Publishers
Hardback, Price: $30.00
288 pages, 32 full-color photographs
ISBN: 0-609-60300-0
Recipe Reprinted by permission.


Mario Batali Simple Italian Food



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