Fennel-y Potatoes

By / Photography By Naomi Henry | March 15, 2015


Preheat oven to 350°. Spread walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until aromatic and golden, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Combine nuts, fennel fronds, spinach, cheese, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice in food processor and purée. (You might need to do this in a couple batches, depending on the size of the food processor bowl.) Add a touch more olive oil if needed to achieve a smooth consistency.

Stir in yogurt and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Th in out with a bit of water if needed to achieve a good pouring consistency.

Boil potatoes in a pot of well-salted water until a knife inserted into the fattest potato meets no resistance. Pour into a colander and drain well. Place potatoes in serving dish and pour the fennel yogurt sauce over them. Garnish with kalamata olives.

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  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces fennel fronds, thickest stems removed, rinsed and drained well
  • 2 ounces spinach, stemmed, washed thoroughly to remove all grit and drained well
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds new potatoes or fingerlings
  • 2 tablespoons kalamata olives, drained well and roughly chopped
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