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let's appreciate licorice, anise and fennel!

alkapal | Dec 1, 2008 02:10 AM

i agree with caroline1 that licorice and its flavor cousins, anise and fennel, are underappreciated.

http://www.licorice.org/
http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/fe...
http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/an...
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to rectify this situation, i intend this thread to be a beacon for licorice-lovers, and a haven for fine licorice (and flavor-cousins') recipes.

to get the ball rolling, here are a few cookie recipes from the neat gourmet "cookie" archive:

chocolate sambuca crinkle cookies: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/1990s/...

anise-scented fig and date swirls: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/1990s/...

bizcochitos: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/1970s/...
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while these are cookie recipes, i don't want to limit this thread to sweets. i want savory recipes, too. here are some involving the liqueur pernod, and star anise: http://www.licorice.org/Food/food.htm

look, the top ten flavor trends forecast, http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/he...

includes this combo: Toasted Mustard and Fennel Seeds: ..." licorice, minty and woody notes of the fennel seeds tame mustard's bite.... in crusts for pork, shrimp, chicken and lamb." add to 'frittatas, potatoes, meatloaf and casseroles'' and add to hearty, simmered dishes, ... such as chicken thighs with onion and tomatoes.'

oh, and fennel tarts! look at these little lovelies: "SMALL LEMON AND FENNEL TARTS WITH ROSEMARY AND HONEY" http://lucullian.blogspot.com/2007/03...

this Salmon & fennel tart with cucumber salad looks tasty and light: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/16285...

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please post your favorite recipes, or dishes you've had for which we could find the recipe!
also, post your favorite uses for the various anise liqueurs, like sambuca, pernod or ouzo!
(like this greek shrimp with feta dish. http://www.cookingcache.com/seafood/g... ).

...or the peerless bouillabaisse: http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/re...
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let the licorice (anise, fennel) games begin!

ps (please don't let me be the only one posting on this thread....)

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