Caramelized Onion, Fennel and Goat Cheese Tart: Angie’s Kettle Corn GIVEAWAY!!!

by simplylife on August 30, 2012

I have a love-hate relationship with our CSA.

I love knowing that I am supporting local farmers.  I love knowing exactly where my food comes from and communicating regularly with the people who are growing it.  I love knowing that every week I pick-up our share, we are eating food at its peak of freshness.  I love learning more about foods that are not only “seasonal” but “monthly.”

So where does the love-hate part come in?  Well, that has to do with picking up items I have never cooked with and don’t have a clue what to do with.  Whether or not I’m in the mood for a cooking challenge, coming home with an unrecognizable item guarantees that I’ll be experimenting in the kitchen, hoping for the best.  So far, some of these foods have included: KohlrabiCollard Greens and Hubbard Squash.

And the newest addition: fennel.

I remember trying fennel once, years ago.  It was served raw, on an appetizer plate, and I bit into it without thinking twice (yup, I usually go for foods without even knowing what they are; 99% of the time I like it and happily keep eating).   Well, I wasn’t prepared for the pungent taste and once I figured out what it was, I kept my distance away from fennel.

Until it showed up in my CSA box.  At first I was a bit hesitant and considered not even taking it home with me.  But after a few quick recipe searches, I learned that the flavor completely mellows-out once it is cooked.

I decided to serve this as a tart, mixed with balsamic caramelized onions, feta cheese and a sprinkling of herbs de provence. Because really, if you’re going to try to like a food, serving it between a flaky crust and warm cheese will pretty much guarantee it will be delicious.

While I was having a bit of a tiff with our CSA when I first saw the fennel, I am now smitten once again, after learning they were really just doing this for my own good. 😉


Caramelized Onion, Fennel and Goat Cheese Tart

by Simply Life

Keywords: bake appetizer entree side vegetarian summer


  • 1 prepared pie crust
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 3 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Herbs de provence, to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add fennel and onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar, sugar and seasonings. Set aside.

2. Roll pie crust over baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Spread fennel and onion mixture evenly over crust, leaving 3/4 inch border. Gently fold over crust. Sprinkle feta cheese over mixture.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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Friends!  Remember in my last post when I raved on and on about how much I love trying Angie’s Kettle Corn?!  I forgot to include the best part!  They’re giving away this same package to one Simply Life reader!

To enter, do any/all of the following and let me know in the comments (winner must have a US address; giveaway will be open through Sept 4):

1)  Visit Angie’s Kettle Corn and tell me which flavor you’d like to try!
2)  Tweet about this (example: @AngiesKettle Giveaway on @SimplyLifeBlog! )

~What’s your favorite way to eat fennel?


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  • Alicia

    Yum!! I would love to try the caramel corn!! It looks so yummy!

  • Maureen

    I would like the Caramel

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This looks amazing!! I’ve never cooked with fennel, but I’ve been wanting to for a while.

  • Holly Marie

    I love cheese on EVERYTHING…… would love to try the white cheddar- sounds delicious!

  • Colleen

    I love fennel! But I never would have known that until we received it in our CSA last year 🙂 This tart looks A-mazing! And I would love to try the lite version of Angie’s kettle corn! 🙂

  • Renata

    Mmmm! White Cheddar for me!

  • Renata
  • Ray

    I love to snack on Kettle Caramel Corn – thanks!

  • Tasha

    White cheddar kettle corn sounds amazing!

  • nik

    BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn would be supercool!

    I love, love, love fennel…just fresh and raw and crunchy. We always had it for the holidays when I was a kid and I would munch on it all night. So sweet and good!

  • Laurel Cedarblade

    I’d like to try the white cheddar corn!! yum!

  • Laurel Cedarblade
  • The Cookie Sleuth

    What a beautiful tart! I enjoy fennel on pizza.

  • Lynn Chen

    caramel PLEASE!

  • Carol Ezovski

    I’d like to try the White Cheddar flavor
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  • Carol Ezovski

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried fennel, except what’s in Italian Sausage sometimes (I think)

  • The Candid RD

    I LOVE ANGIE’S!! We sell it at work, but the only flavor we don’t sell is the white cheddar. SOOO since I am OBSESSED with anything white cheddar, I would LOVE to try it!!
    And of course I will tweet it 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh you’ll LOVE it!

  • Georgiana

    White Cheddar has my name on it! I love cheese and popcorn! – Thanks for the great review and fun giveaway 🙂

  • Singerinkitchen

    YUMMY tart! I actually have not cooked with fennel but I love it raw and in a salad with apples and walnuts. I have pinned this recipe for sure!

    • Simply Life

      Oooh,I bet I would like it in a salad like that! Great idea!

  • Singerinkitchen

    The caramel corn looks so good!

  • Singerinkitchen
  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    Haha I have the same feelings about fennel. I absolutely HATE it raw but when cooked and caramelized it’s…edible. 🙂 This tart looks amazing!

  • Min

    I can totally relate! Whenever I go to farmers markets, I find myself staring blankly at some of the rather “intimidating” produce..Kohlrabi is def one of them! This Tart looks amazing! yummy!

  • Min

    I’d LOVE to try the white cheddar kettle corn! Sounds like a perfect combination of sweet and savory!

  • Min

    I tweeted

  • Cathy

    I visited their website and would love try Angie’s Caramel Kettle Corn! Maybe I’ll try fennel, I have the same feelings as you did.

    • Simply Life

      You should definitely give it another try!!

  • Heather

    I would love to try the caramel corn! Yum!

  • Bee

    Ohh yum, love the flavors here. I need to try to carmelize an onion, I never have before!

  • Sam

    I too was at a loss for what to do with fennel as well. I can’t believe I didn’t think of flatbread or pizza! Of course, D yelled at me when I made it because according to him you’re only supposed to eat the fronds. The bottom is gross because it was in the dirt.

    • Simply Life

      haha, I didn’t even think about that 🙂

  • Cellabella

    Definitely the White Cheddar flavor!

  • yummychunklet

    What a beautiful looking tart!

  • Marialuisa Echeberria

    I look the rustic look of this tart.
    Wow, and very yummy!
    Love Marialuisa

  • Kiran @

    This tart looks absolutely delish — my husband would love it, with so much onions!

  • Jordan Dunne

    That tart looks incredible! Can’t wait to make it.

    I’d love to try the Lite Kettle Corn! The white cheddar kettle corn sounds interesting, too. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Jordan Dunne
  • Emily

    I hear you on the love/hate relationship! But I love what you’ve done with the disappointing ingredient. This tart looks rustic and delicious!

  • Colleen

    Fennel can definitely be a little surprising raw, but it looks great in this tart!

  • Lauren Wallace

    White Cheddar

  • Jolene (

    I haven’t eaten fennel much … only cooked with it once. My favourite way that I ever had fennel was with scallops, and I am not sure how it was cooked. I had it at the Foodbuzz festival and it was ridiculously good!

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