Pop layers of fennel, cream and cheese in the oven for 20 mins, until golden and bubbling then serve with salad or any meat dish.
Serves: 4-6
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips


    • 4fennel bulbs, trimmed and quartered
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 284-300ml carton double cream
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 60g (2oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated


    1. Set the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.
    1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the fennel. Simmer for about 5 mins, then drain it well.
    1. Arrange the fennel quarters in an ovenproof dish. Mix the crushed garlic into the carton of double cream and season well with salt and pepper, then pour over the fennel. Scatter the cheese over the top.
    1. Bake the gratin in the centre of the oven for 20-35 mins, or until the top is golden and the cream is bubbling. Serve immediately, on its own or as a side dish. (Not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional information is for the maximum number of servings

Nutritional information per portion

fat 29.0g saturates 18.0g calories 284(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.