kohlrabi


This is a pretty easy recipe.  It takes relatively little effort to make a nice side dish. Enjoy!

2 medium kohlrabi (watch out for any woodiness)

4 medium carrots

5 small to medium potatoes

milk

butter

salt

pepper

Cut up the veggies into chunks (the potatoes should be new enough that you shouldn’t have to peel them).  Put the chunks into a pot and cover with water.  Add a pinch of salt and then bring to a boil.  Once the mixture is boiling, turn down the heat to about medium and boil the mixture for 20 minutes.

Drain the mixture.  Add a bit of milk and some butter. Mash it using a potato masher or a hand held mixer.  Salt and pepper to taste.

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Kohlrabi is an interesting and unloved vegetable.  I stared at this vegetable at the Farmer’s Market and finally asked the gentleman selling it “what do I do with it?”  He told me that his wife mashes it up with potatoes which gives the potatoes a nice flavor.  He also said something about maple syrup which I blocked out of my mind because I don’t like maple syrup on my veggies.  (Yes, I live in NY and I am not a big maple syrup fan.  I know it is a sacrilege.) 

The one to one potato to kohlrabi mash was very good and it got me thinking about using kohlrabi as a potato substitute in other ways.  Kohlrabi is low in calories and high in dietary fiber and potassium, so they are very good for you.  Also, they have a naturally sweet flavor that is a nice change from the normal potato fare.  So, I decided to try to use kohlrabi instead of potatoes when I had a craving for fried potatoes.

Ingredients:

2 medium kohlrabis

1 medium white sweet onion

4oz sliced mushrooms

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

Peel and slice the kohlrabis (just like you would potatoes). 

Cover the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil and heat up on a medium high flame.  Add the kohlrabi slices.  Slice up the white onion and add to the kohlrabi.  Watch the pan and adjust the flame if necessary.  Fry until onions start to become opaque.  Add mushrooms.  Fry until mushrooms match your preference (I like mine a little less cooked than others I know).  Salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy!!