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January 26, 2023

Creamy Brie Spinach with Fennel


  • 2 9 oz. bags fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup chopped fennel (1/2 large bulb)
  • 6 oz. Il de France Le Brie cheese at room temperature, rind removed (1 cup / 5 oz. trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots (2 small)
  • 1tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream or creme fraiche
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground balck pepper
  • Brie slices and red peppercorns for garnish


  • Steam spinach i a basket on the stove or in the microwave until wilted, 1-2 minutes, and cool. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess moisture.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small nonstick saucepan over low heat. Add fennel, shallots and fennel seed. Cook covered, strirring occasionally until softened , 5 minutes. Add Brie, cream, salt and pepper; stir until cheese is melted, 1 minute. Stir in spinach and cook until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.
    TIP: To serve this dish as an elegant first courseto your holiday dinner instead of as a side dish, divide spinach equally between four shallow bowls. Garnish each with a thin slice of Brie and several red peppercorns.Make ahead: Complete all steps, transfer mixture to a microwave-safe dish and refrigerate. To reheat, microwave at full power until heated through, 2-3 minutes, stirring after each minute.

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