Market Recipe: Strawberry Fennel Crostini with Mint and Spring Radish


Strawberry Fennel Crostini with Mint and Spring Radish

By Chef Maggie Perkins

1 T. pecan oil (Perennial Pecan)
1 fennel bulb, finely shaved (Bernhardt’s Farm)
4oz chevre (Pure Luck)
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 pint strawberries, sliced (Bernhardt’s Farm)
2T fennel fronds, chopped (Bernhardt’s Farm)
½ bunch mint, stemmed and chopped (Johnson’s Backyard Garden or f-stop farm)
1 bunch radishes, sliced thinly (A. Y. Raam Farm)
2c arugula (A.Y. Raam or Bernhardt’s Farm)
Toasted bread rounds (Texas French Bread)
Optional: 1 pound cooked shrimp (K&S Seafood), peeled and chopped coarsely
In a heavy skillet, warm one tablespoon of pecan oil. When lightly shimmering, add shaved fennel bulb. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for approximately 2 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 4 oz chevre and juice and zest of one lemon, stirring to melt and coat. Remove from heat and allow to cool.In a large salad bowl, combine 1 pint strawberries, sliced, 2T fennel fronds, chopped, ½ bunch mint, stemmed and chopped, 1 bunch radishes, sliced thinly, and 2c arugula. Add fennel and goat cheese mixture, tossing all well to coat.

Fold in optional shrimp, if using.

Mound on toasted bread rounds and serve immediately.

Pairs well with a crisp Sancerre.

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