Roasted Garlic and Fennel Spread

Enjoy the flavors of this easy-to-make spread with Potato and Rosemary Soda Bread, with your favorite crackers or on crostini as a snack or appetizer.

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Roasted Garlic and Fennel Spread

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Snacks
Servings: 2 cups


  • 2 ea Baby fennel bulbs
  • 1 Ea Garlic bulb Full bulb not clove
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 12 Oz Chick peas
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 Oz Cream cheese Softened


  • Trim and quarter the fennel bulbs
  • Heat an oven to 400ºF
  • Place the fennel bulb and garlic on 2 separate large pieces of tin foil.
  • Drizzle 1 Tbsp of olive oil on each, season with te salt and pepper and wrap each one up tightly into a sealed parcel
  • Place the parcels on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes, until tender.
  • Open up the parcels and place the fennel in a blender or food processor. Squeeze the garlic cloves from theor skins and add those also.
  • Add the chick peas, lemon juice, salt and pepper along with the remaining oil and process until smooth.
  • Add the cream cheese and process again until smooth and creamy.
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