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Suggestions on how to prepare kohlrabi?

Asked by surlygirl (358 points ) June 23rd, 2008

the two salads i’ve made were not something we’d eat again. it was pretty good in a stir fry, but i’d like a couple more options.

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ezraglenn's avatar

I remember from my forays with kohlrabi that it was more trouble than it’s worth. Do you have a surplus or something?

surlygirl's avatar

they’re part of my csa delivery. i have gotten three every week for the last three weeks. i think i’ll be getting them for another couple of weeks at least. we didn’t know what they were when we signed up, so i thought i’d give them a try.

bearfair's avatar

They’re good with apples in various combinations: try grating both and making a coleslaw-type salad with a creamy mustard dressing. You can also cook them like you would glazed carrots. Another option would be to just slice them thin and serve as crudites or in a green salad.

Hope this helps! My mom used to grow kohlrabi and I loved it- haven’t had it in years though.

gailcalled's avatar

Ditto here; we used to eat thin slices of them raw or a few in salads.. I loved it, too.

Seesul's avatar

You can also roast them and use them in sandwiches. Here’s one recipe for it.

I know what you mean, though. I had never had kale until I married and my mother-in-law served it. It was wonderful, so she planted some in my backyard. It took over and I grew to loathe it. Now it makes me ill to even think of it.

shilolo's avatar

Wow, Seesul, its almost as if your mother-in-law performed the Ludovico technique on you with kale.

marinelife's avatar

Here’s a soup that’s pretty good. It’s from Cook It Simply. They also have recipes for scalloped kohlrabi and others.

Kohlrabi Soup recipe
ingredients
600 g (1 1/4 lb) kohlrabi
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
120 g (4 oz) bacon in one piece
1 carrot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large potatoes, diced
salt and pepper

method
1. Peel the kohlrabi and dice. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and bacon and cook over a low heat for about 3 minutes until translucent, stirring continuously.

2. Add the kohlrabi, carrot, garlic, potatoes and about 2 litres (3 1/2 pints) 8 cups of water and bring to the boil.

3. Cook with the lid on for about 1 hour. Discard the bacon and add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a soup tureen, add the remaining oil and serve immediately.

serving amount

serves 6

breedmitch's avatar

@Marina: I’m not sure I can follow any recipe that asks you to “discard the bacon”. ;)

marinelife's avatar

@breedmitch I hear ya! There are few things in the gastronomic arena that cannot be improved by the addition of bacon. In this case, it is like baked beans, the bacon is deemed to have ‘given itself’ to the stock. My solution: crumble cooked bacon on top of each bowl and serve.

breedmitch's avatar

(makes homer simpson drooling sound)

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