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Blackberry Gastrique, Roasted Baby Fennel and Arugula

5 c Blackberries
2 c Sugar
1 c Rice wine vinegar
2 tb Olive oil
Salt and pepper
12 Baby fennel
3 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
4 c Arugula, ; cleaned and stemmed
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano slices


Preheat the oven to 400 degree. In a sauce pan, mash the blackberries with the back of a spoon. Add the sugar and vinegar. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook the mixture for about 25-30 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. Remove from the heat and strain. Season the fennel with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the fennel on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes. In a mixing bowl, toss the arugula with the extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Mound the greens in the center of the plate. Arrange the roasted fennel around the greens. Drizzle the gastrique over the greens. Garnish with the shaved cheese, parsley, and black pepper.


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