Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Dip with Fennel Crudite

Total Time:
1 hr 31 min
10 min
1 hr 21 min

8 servings

  • 1 small head garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 medium fennel bulbs (sometimes called anise; about 3 pounds total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Separate garlic cloves, leaving skins intact, and wrap together in foil. Bake in upper third of oven for 1 hour.

  • Quarter bell pepper lengthwise and discard stems, seeds, and ribs. In a shallow baking pan arrange quarters skin side up. Roast for 20 minutes When cool enough to handle, peel pepper, and transfer to a blender. Remove garlic from foil and squeeze pulp into blender.

  • Trim fennel stalks flush with bulbs and discard any tough outer layers. Cut bulbs lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices and, if desired, halve slices lengthwise. Transfer fennel to a bowl of ice and cold water. Chill fennel at least 30 minutes, or until crisp, and up to 3 hours.

  • In a small heavy skillet dry-roast cumin and caraway seeds over moderatue heat, stirring, until fragrant and a few shades darker, about 1 minute, being careful not to burn them. In a cleaned electric coffee grinder grind seeds to a powder and add to pepper mixture with remaining dip ingredients. Puree mixture until smooth. Dip may be made 5 days ahead and chilled, covered.

  • Drain fennel in a colander and pat dry. Serve dip with fennel.

  • Wine Suggestions: A rose from the Languedoc Valley in Southern France, most recent vintage available or Boutari Red Noussa Reserve, Greece, most recent vintage available

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