Serves 6


  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 fennel bulbs, cored and chopped into 1-inch pieces, fronds reserved and chopped
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ cup Sambuca or other anise or licorice liqueur
  • 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1¼ pounds), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 russet potato (3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter


Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

In a large, deep skillet, heat ¼ cup olive oil. Add fennel and ¼ tsp. salt, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Add Sambuca, cover, and simmer 3 minutes more, until fennel is very soft and most of the Sambuca has been absorbed. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and puree in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, place both kinds of potatoes in a large saucepan, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to pot. Add milk, butter, and remaining 1 tsp. salt, and mash with a potato masher.

Using a rubber spatula, fold potatoes into fennel puree. Stir in chopped fronds. Reheat puree by setting bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.

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