Have you ever seen produce in the store and wondered to yourself, “What on earth do you cook with that?”? How often do you pick it up and learn a new recipe?
This week, we offer you a recipe using kohlrabi. This bulbous vegetable is often overlooked due to its odd shape, yet it has many uses such as in soups, as an appetizer, in salads, roasted, or eaten raw.
If you haven’t heard of kohlrabi before, it is also referred to as a German turnip, although it is part of the same family as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. In texture, it is similar to broccoli stem or cabbage heart with a taste that is more mild and sweeter. Kohlrabi also comes in white, purple and pale green. Sounds delicious, no?
Below is a recipe for kohlrabi fritters. This is a great way to try kohlrabi and the fritters are great paired with an avocado sauce or even applesauce as you would with latkes.
- 1 kohlrabi
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 large spring onions
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 3 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- black pepper
- oil for frying in pan
1.) Prepare the kohlrabi by cutting off any leaves and stalks and peeling the vegetable. Cut out any tough areas and then grate the remainder.
2.) Remove any excess moisture by squeezing the grated kohlrabi in some paper towels.
3.) Peel and grate the carrots and mix with the grated kohlrabi in a bowl. Add chopped onions and chives, eggs, flour & seasoning. Mix together thoroughly.
4.) Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a large pan. Once the oil is heated, turn the heat down a touch before adding the fritter mixture. You can spoon two spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan at a time and press down on each section so they are like small pancakes.
5.) Cook for about 3 minutes until the underside is golden brown. Then, flip each fritter and repeat on the other side.
Then you can repeat this process until the entire mix is cooked! If you’d like, place them on a plate with paper towels to absorb some of the extra oil. Remember to add some oil between batches to keep them from sticking to and charring on the pan.
* * Remember to serve these warm as fritters are best served fresh from the pan.
If you’re looking to pick up some kohlrabi, visit us at the Geneva & Wheaton French Markets, or at our Farm Store! The farm store is currently open Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm.