Fennel with Bread Crumbs

recipe and image via Food Network / Mario Batali

1 bulb fennel, cut in 1-inch chunks
3 TB olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry vermouth
Chopped parsley leaves
Good bread crumbs

1. Blanch the fennel until soft.

2. In a medium sauté pan, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and sauté.

3. Season fennel with salt & pepper & add to pan

4. Cook without moving so fennel can brown a bit. Toss gently.

5. Add vermouth and season with pepper.

6. Stir in the parsley and toss.

7. Serve with bread crumbs sprinkled over top.

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