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Caramelized Fennel and Bleu Cheese Flatbread


It’s Ingredient Challenge Monday!  Today’s ingredient is fennel.  This was my first experience with it, and I’m officially hooked.

This was one of those recipes that literally came to me within a few minutes.  I had been searching through my cookbooks, websites, and food blogs trying to find some inspiration for today’s dish.  Then literally out of nowhere I thought about flatbread and everything seemed right in the world.  At least for a couple of minutes.

Caramelized Fennel and Bleu Cheese Flatbread

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups hot water

1 tsp yeast

1/3 olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 fennel bulb, washed

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp Greek seasoning

4 oz Bleu cheese, crumbled

1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained

Preheat oven to 500°.  Mix the hot water with yeast; set aside.  In a stand mixer on low, combine the salt and flour and slowly drizzle in the oil with the mixer on.  Add the water/yeast mixture and continue mixing until a ball forms.  Move to a bowl coated with olive oil, cover and refrigerate.

Remove the stalks from the fennel and throw away, but keep the fronds (the cute thin little strands on the top).  Slice the bulb as thin as you can.

Drizzle some olive oil – I used about 3 swirls from my bottle – in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, stir for a few seconds then add the fennel slices.  Stir and combine with the olive oil, and reduce heat to medium.  Saute until caramelized, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Generously coat a pizza size stone with olive oil.  You could also use a baking sheet; I’ve done that before and it works just a well.  I like using my stone because it’s nice and seasoned.  Take the dough out of the fridge and half.  Save the rest of it for later; you’ll be making this again.

Spread it out thin, covering your stone or baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle the Greek seasoning evenly.  Next, layer the tomatoes, fennel bulb and bleu cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is starting to brown a little.

Slice into squares, and top with some of the fronds.

OH.MY.

I took my first bite, and then proceeded to inhale much more than I should have at one time. Make these soon!!

Now, go to the other challengers’ sites and check out their fennel creations:

Nutritionella

And Love It Too

From The Little Yellow Kitchen

Como Water

I ♥ ICM!!

Happy Monday!

~Dixie Chik~

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Mike
    March 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Thanks for the Foodbuzz add! This looks ridiculously delicious! I love fennel.

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 24, 2011 at 9:39 AM

      Thanks Mike!!

  • Reply
    Tammy
    March 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    How fabulous! I absolutely love your site…I’ve been reading your posts (and drooling while doing so)!
    Have a lovely day!
    Tammy recently posted..One of Each- Please

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Thanks Tammy!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Diethood.com
    March 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I loooooove the flatbread! And the bleu cheese, plus the fennel…oye I’m hungry now!
    Kate @ Diethood.com recently posted..Honey Ginger Cookies

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    [email protected]
    March 15, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    This is beautiful, Shea! I have never had carmelized fennel and cannot wait to give this a try (I know just how I’d make the flatbread gluten free, too). Thank you for sharing.
    [email protected] recently posted..Vegan Ratatouille With a Twist and Braised Orange Roughy with Fennel- Ingredient-Challenge Monday

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    Elle @ nutritionella
    March 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    wow. i just ate dinner and this just made me “hungry” again! nice work!

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    March 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I love your flatbread idea! And I love that you caramelized your fennel! It tastes soooooooooooo good when it’s all rich and caramelized, no?!??! Thanks for letting me participate! 😀
    Tiffany recently posted..‘Creamy’ Roasted Fennel Puree

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Thanks Tiffany! Caramelized onions are always great…. but this is INSANE.

  • Reply
    Liz
    March 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Gorgeous flatbread! I’d have a hard time restraining myself!!!
    Liz recently posted..A Giveaway for My Blogs First Birthday

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Yeah, not many family members got to test-taste this one lol. Thanks Liz!

  • Reply
    Celia
    March 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    I’m so glad you found fennel! My mom cooks Italian mostly, so I was raised on it; I love introducing people to it. This looks like an excellent use of the veggie – I’ll have to try it out!

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      I am too!! It’s SO good – can’t wait to put it to use again. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    March 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    You did a beautiful job with fennel! I love that you paired it with bleu cheese. It must have been so flavorful and tasty!

    • Reply
      Dixie Chik
      March 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      LOL tasty isn’t the word – it’s AMAZING! Thank you for checking it out!

  • Reply
    carolinaheartstrings
    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    This looks so wonderful the pictures actually made my mouth water. Great job.

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