Roasting kohlrabi

See these things?

These are kohlrabi. Kohlrabi are in the broccoli family; both the root and the leaves are edible. Though they’re available year-round (if you can find them; I only see them in this area through my CSA or sometimes at the farmers’ market) they’re most abundant in early summer.

So what do you *do* with them? Lots and lots; from Chow.com : “Cut into slices or wedges and add to Chinese stir-fry or Indian curry. Combine peeled kohlrabi with potato when making scalloped potatoes. Dip kohlrabi slices or sticks into tempura batter and deep-fry. Add shredded kohlrabi to coleslaw for extra crunch.”

But for a very easy prep, remove the leaves, throw away the stems and any tough center ribs, then shred the leaves. Saute with a bit of olive oil and garlic; finish with salt and pepper. (Or use leaves in any recipe that calls for a slow-cooked green.)

As for the bulbs, pare away the tough outer skin then jump into Alanna’s recipe for roast kohlrabi. Essentially, you’ll dice the peeled kohlrabi, toss with olive oil, garlic and salt, then roast in a 450-degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, stirring the cubes every five minutes once you’ve reached the 20 minute mark. Once they’re done, serve immediately as is, or toss with your favorite vinegar.

It really doesn’t get much easier than that. The finished product is reminiscent of broccoli but better as the roasting caramelizes the kohlrabi’s sugars and the garlic perks the whole thing up. So easy, so delicious.

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Categories: CSA, Grade Range: A- to A+, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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