As the summer is progressing, we are getting new and ummm interesting veggies from the CSA Organic Farm.
Last week was no exception. As I was digging through my bag I came across this alien looking vegetable (it was large by the way) that resembled a cabbage, but clearly was not.
Once the email of "what's in your basket" came through, I found out it was Kohlrabi. I was like great - that clears up what it is - but what the heck do I do with it???
It keeps well in the fridge so I waited until last night to attack it. I'd done some digging on the internet and it's a very versatile veggie - you can eat it raw (doesn't have much taste), you can braise it (More for the smaller variety), fry it (we don't own a deep fryer though), sauté it (the one I chose), the list is endless.
Step 1 was to attempt to cut the thing. I mentioned it was quite large and honestly, even with the super knife (which is large and sharp) it was quite a production getting the first cut. After that is was a little easier.
I proceeded to chop a quarter of it into small stick like pieces and warmed some olive oil and garlic then sautéed the Kohlrabi for about 8-10 minutes in the pan on medium heat. I added salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
Not expecting much, I poured it on a plate and dug in. WOW - this stuff is actually tasty! (which is good because there is still a good portion left in the crisper). It was almost starchy, but not quite as dense as a potato and had a texture similar to water chestnuts. It would be a great addition to a stir fry!
Operation Kohlrabi = success!