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finocchio’s mess

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One of my favorite blogs some years ago created a blog category called THE SHITS I EAT WHEN BY MYSELF. (Here she presents all the recipes she cooks fast & easy for herself when hungry, feeling cold, feeling alone, distressed, stressed out …) When doing this fennel mess for the umpteenth time I realized that this is a candidate for such a category – if I ever had such a category!

What is it about?
It’s only about grabbing some vegetables, some meat & then just fry it …

It’ll be something for a bowl to be eaten at once … filling your hungry self!

So …

What do we need?

It’s only:

  • fresh fennel
  • spring onions
  • minced beef.

Just clean & trim the fennel. Put aside the fennel’s green.

Chop the spring onions – not too small, not too roughly.

Chop the fennel – as fine as you can… Discard the trunk – it’s too hard!

Then put everything in a pan w/ some olive oil & fry. Add the minced beef & fry somewhat more.

The mess is ready when the fennel seems soft & the meat is well done. (Maybe you get the feeling that it’s too dry … then add some splashes of water & continue frying!)

Add salt & pepper to taste.

So once again:
The mess is ready when well done & slightly brown.

If you like you may add 1 tablespoon of dark or light soy sauce!
You may also add the fennel’s green …
You may also add some cooked rice as a basis or aside …
… & you might replace minced pork for minced beef or a mix of both … or any other minced meat …
You may add some more spring onions or just omit them.
You may take more meat or more fennel – it’s up to you …

Enjoy & dig in!

finocchio’s mess
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Servings: 2
  • 250 g minced beef
  • 3-4 fennel (about 650 g gross weight)
  • 3-4 spring onions
  • olive oil
  • optional: 1-2 tbsp soy sauce (light or dark)
  • salt & pepper
how to:
  • Clean & trim the fennel; it should be about 300-350 g fennel net weight. (Save the fennels' green!)
  • Chop the fennel as thin as possible.
  • Add olive oil to a pan.
  • Fry the minced beef & crush it.
  • Add chopped fennel & let it fry softly for about 15-20 min. Add some splashes of water if it seems too dry.
  • Increase the heat & fry at high temperature for another 5 min until crisp.
  • optional: Add soy sauce.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • optional: Add the fennels' green (chopped).
Minced beef: You may also use minced pork or a mix of minced beef and minced pork.
You may add some cooked rice for serving.
You may store it in the fridge for up to 3 days (especially when you are all by yourself …).