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Fennel Au Gratin With Citrus Crust

4 Servings
2 1/2 lb tomatoes,ripe
2 cloves garlic
1 branch thyme
1 branch rosemary
1 bayleaf
1/2 c vegetable broth
1 salt,pepper
2 1/16 lb fennel (ca.4 )
2 oz bread crumbs
2 T parmesan cheese,grated
1/2 peel of orange
1/2 peel of lemon
5 leaves lemonmelisse
5 T oliveoil

1. Dip the tomatoes shortly in boiling water and than peel and cut into quarters.
2. Peel garlic and cut into cubes and saute in 4 tablespoons oil; add tomatoes and the herbs; fill up with the broth and season with salt and pepper.Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
3. In the meantime bring a lot of saltwater to a boil, clean the fennels take off the green part and chop it finely. Cut the fennels lenghtwise in 1 cm thick slices and cook in the saltwater 5 minutes; remove with spoon and put into the tomato mix and cook all 15-20 minutes more.
4. Heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
5. Arrange the fennel slices in a gratin form, fish scale-like and pour over the tomatoe sauce.
6. Mix the breadcrumbs with cheese, orange and lemon peel.
7. Mix fennel green with the lemon melisse and sprinkle that and the crumbs evenly over the vegetables.
8. Pour reminding oil overall and bake 10 -15 minutes until golden brown.

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