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Baked Fennel with Thyme

photo: noblepig.com

This dish is simple but delicious.

4 bulbs fennel, trimmed and split lengthwise
1 tablespoon margarine, softened
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

In a medium pot, cover fennel with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender –about 15 minutes. Place fennel, cut side down, on paper towels and drain.

Place fennel in prepared dish and brush with margarine. Season with salt and pepper and top with thyme. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.