Grilled fennel, roasted black beans & jaffa dressing

Grilled fennel, roasted black beans & jaffa dressing

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From
Nordic Light
Serves
6
Prep
15 mins
Cooking time
30 mins
Photographer
Simon Bajada

I have always loved fennel and orange together and the bitterness of the cacao nibs in the yoghurt dressing makes this work, even though it does sound odd! Roasted beans are delicious, and make a great salted snack on their own.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g dried black beans, soaked in water overnight then drained
2-3 whole fennel bulbs (about 800 g), each cut into 6 wedges
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 blood orange, peeled and segmented
1 Jaffa yoghurt dressing

Method

  1. Add the black beans to a saucepan filled with water and bring to the boil. Boil for 45 minutes, or until cooked through, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add the fennel pieces to another large pot of boiling water and boil until soft, about 8–10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot and stir through the garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with with baking paper.
  4. Pat the drained black beans with a clean tea towel (it’s important to remove as much water as possible without crushing them) and spread them over the prepared baking tray in a single layer. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix it through evenly, then season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the beans have split and you can see them foaming. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray.
  5. Heat up a chargrill pan or plate over a high heat until smoking. Brush the fennel with some oil and grill for 5 minutes on each side.
  6. Arrange the fennel wedges on a serving platter, top with the roasted beans and blood orange segments and spoon over the yoghurt dressing.
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