Cheese board with Pickled Fennel

Ingredients for 1 serving

Pickled Fennel:

2 medium-sized bulbs of fennel

1 cup white wine or champagne vinegar

1 cup water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

1/2 teaspoon coriander seed

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Homemade Whole Wheat-Rye Crackers:

3/4 cup semolina

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup rye flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water


Cheese Board:

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Sliced apples

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Cheese board with Pickled Fennel


Pickled Fennel:

Equipment needed: 2 pint-size sterile canning jars

Thinly slice the fennel lengthwise using a mandolin or slice by hand.

In a pot, bring vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil.

In a dry sauté pan, toast coriander, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes. Divide the spices evenly among the jars. Add the sliced fennel. Pour the liquid over the fennel, leaving about 1/2-inch space at the top.

Let the fennel cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. It's best to give the fennel at least a day to pickle.

Note: You can also add orange and/or lemon peel to the jars.


Whole Wheat-Rye Crackers:

Preheat the oven with a pizza stone at 450°F.

In a large bowl, mix the semolina, whole wheat and rye flours. Add the salt, pepper, and olive oil and mix. Slowly add the water, while mixing the dough. Once the dough comes together, transfer to a clean work surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic and rest 30 minutes.

Cut the dough into quarters. Take a piece of dough and run through a pasta roller to the fourth setting (you can also roll by hand). Slice the crackers into uniform strips, or keep a bit misshapen and rustic looking. 

Line a pizza paddle with parchment for easy transport. Place the crackers on the parchment and transfer to the pizza stone (parchment and all). Bake until lightly browned and crispy, about 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Repeat with the remaining dough. 

Note: Add fresh or dried herbs, like thyme or rosemary, or other spices, like red chili flakes, to the dough for extra flavor.


Recipe courtesy of Wild Greens and Sardines.

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