Sunday, 25 March 2012 22:25

Kohlrabi

The name means cabbage turnip in German and that is a pretty accurate description. It is a member of the cabbage family and its outer skin would attest to that. The greens look more like turnip greens however and the inner bulb can be a bit fibrous, like turnip. Raw, it is crisp, sweet, and clean, strikingly reminiscent of raw broccoli stalks. Cooked, it touts a mild, nutty, cabbage-like flavor that adapts beautifully to many cooking styles. It can be eaten raw and is great in salads and slaws. I can also be boiled, steamed, baked, roasted, etc. The greens may be eaten cooked like turnip greens or any other cooked greens. To prepare the bulb, cut off the leaves and stems. Use a vegetable peeler to pare off the tough outer layer. Or use a chefs knife to slice it off. Dice or shave up the inner bulb according to your recipe. Store loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge.
Published in Kohlrabi
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:27

Roasting Root Medley

 

Each week on the farm we create seconds vegetables as we wash and sort vegetables for the weeks CSA shares and wholesale orders.  These seconds go to the food shelf in great numbers, but we are always striving to find uses for them.  This year we are trying to make a perfect roasting root vegetable medley, making it easier for our members to prepare a quick dinner.  Our roasting root medley contains various potato varieties, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, and kohlrabi.  These come to you raw, ready to be tossed into your roasting pan. Store in your fridge for up to three days. 

To use, simply preheat oven to 400°F.  Place vegetables on a cookie sheet or roasting pan, and then drizzle with sunflower oil, olive oil, or canola.  You can sprinkle with rosemary, thyme or another herb that compliments the rest of your meal menu or just leave them plain.  You can salt and pepper now, or later to taste.  Roast for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You can add chopped garlic to the pan now if you wish, or just continue roasting.  Veggies are done when they are browned on edges, and easily pierced with a fork.

Published in Chopped Vegetables
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mushroom Pizza

Mushroom Pizza


In honor of the mushrooms of course. But you may also have red and yellow onions, frozen peppers, garlic, or pesto, or frozen greens from this or past shares to play with for your pizza this week. Get creative!

1 pizza crust
1.5 cups sliced shiitakes or oysters
1/2 medium onion, sliced 1 tablespoon butter
1-2 TB garlic minced
1 pizza crust
4 ounces soft goat cheese or fresh mozzarella
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of dried Thyme

*some slices of kohlrabi tossed into the butter saute with would be great too!

Briefly sauté the mushrooms and onion in the butter just until they become limp, then add garlic and sauté one minute more and then arrange them on top of the pizza crust. Crumble or place slices of cheese on top of the mushrooms and onions, then sprinkle on the oregano, thyme -- they add that extra little zing. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tips of the cheese start to brown.

Published in Pizzas
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Kohlrabi Slaw

Kohlrabi Slaw


As the weather gets warmer, it's nice to use all these fantastic vegetables in their raw form. This is a very simple, healthy slaw.

2 lbs. kohlrabi, trimmed, sliced thinly
1 lb. cabbage, sliced thinly
1 onion, julienne cut
2 carrots, sliced and then cut into strips (or use of a mandolin)
4 radishes, sliced thinly
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
3 sprigs mint, rough chop
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Toss all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Any other vegetables, apples or pears, can be added to this. Makes a wonderful side dish for any ribs or lamb.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Vegetarian Thai Lettuce Wraps

Vegetarian Thai Lettuce Wraps


1 bulb kohlrabi, sliced into thin matchsticks
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped, with some stem
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 head Savoy, leaves separated
Lime wedges

Set up a blanching station. In a medium pot boil salted water. Add the leaves to the water and cook for 15 seconds. Do this in batches. Remove leaves to an ice bath to “shock. Remove to paper towels and let dry somewhat.

Mix mint, cilantro, carrots, kohlrabi, onion, red pepper, lime juice and fish sauce in la bowl. Place a small amount of mixture into each leave and roll, tucking the sides in as you get toward the end.

Serve with lime wedges.


Published in Lunch
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Pac Choi Saute

Pac Choi Saute



1 bunch pac choi
1 bulb kohlrabi, sliced and cut into medium julienne
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin sticks
1 bunch Ruby Streaks Mustard, rough chop
2 tbsp. ginger
2 tbsp. tamari
1 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. oil, any neutral oil works

Wash the pac choi shake excess water off.
Separate the stalks and leaves. Cut the stalk diagonally and cut the leaves across.

Heat wok or large sauté pan and add oil. When oil is ready, add ginger and toss for 30 seconds, until the ginger is aromatic. Add the pac choi, adding the stalks first, carrots and kohlrabi. Add the mustard and the pac choi leaves.

Stir in the tamari, honey, and salt and on high heat for 1 minute.

Add the water, cover the pan and simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir the sesame oil in.

Chicken or shrimp can be added to this to make it a complete meal. In a separate pan, sauté the protein and cook all the way through. Add it to the pan when you add the water to the vegetable mix.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Cherry Infused Gin

Cherry Infused Gin



1/2 pint cherries, pitted and stemmed
1 pint gin

Once cherries are stemmed, gently smashed them in a bowl. Place them in a sealable vessel and pour the gin over. Let this sit for 2-3 days. The juniper in the gin works really well with the cherries. Served in chilled glasses, garnishing with some of the macerated cherries.
Stir Fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms

1 TB sunflower oil
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
6 oz shiitake or oyster mushrooms
1 lb kohlrabi
1 TB water
2 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cider or rice vinegar
1/4 tsp white pepper (or black)
1 tsp dried ginger

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add onion and garlic (and fresh ginger, if using) and cook stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, continue cooking another minute or two. Add kohlrabi and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, soy, sesame oil, vinegar, pepper and dried ginger. Cover, reduce heat slightly and cook at a high simmer for about 5 minutes, until kohlrabi is crisp tender.

Published in Beverages
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Creamy Kohlrabi

Creamy Kohlrabi


Here's something decadent you can do with your kohlrabi this week. Though I usually eat my kohlrabi raw sliced into salads or cooked in stir fries or other dishes combined with other veggies, in this dish it takes takes center stage. From the Cook's Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden.

2 large kohlrabi
1 tsp fine sea salt, plus more to taste
4 TB (1/2 stick) butter
1 small onion
3 TB heavy cream
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cut off top and root ends of kohlrabi and ue a paring knife to remove tough cabbage-like outer skin. Grate the kohlrabi on the large holes of a grater. You should have about 4 cups. Toss in a colander with the salt. Let stand in a sink to drain of the juices, about 30 minutes. Rinse well under cold water. A handful at a time squeeze out the excess liquid.

Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add kohlrabi and the sliced onion and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kohlrabi is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream and marjoram and cook until cream is absorbed, about 1 minute. Season with the salt & pepper, being careful with the salt. Serve hot.

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Stir-fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms

Stir-fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms


Serves 4 as a side.

1 TB cooking oil
1 small onion, or several shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced, stems removed
1 lb. kohlrabi, peeled and cut into thin, matchstick slices
1 TB water
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp cider or rice vinegar
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dried ginger or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped ginger

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add onion and garlic (and fresh ginger, if using) and cook stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, continue cooking another minute or two. Add kohlrabi and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, soy, sesame oil, vinegar, pepper and dried ginger. Cover, reduce heat slightly and cook at a high simmer for about 5 minutes, until kohlrabi is crisp tender.

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Creamy Kohlrabi and Celeriac Gratin

Creamy Kohlrabi and Celeriac Gratin


For a hearty and satisfying lunch, try frying up leftover wedges of this gratin with eggs on the side. Serves 8.

1 cup thinly sliced shallots
3 TB butter
1 lb. celeriac, peeled, quartered, then thinly sliced.
1 lb. kohlrabi, peeled, quartered, then thinly sliced
2/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup whole milk
1 tsp dried, crushed tarragon
dash cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. Butter a deep dish pie plate. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat and saute shallots until translucent, but not yet browned, about 3 minutes. Set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients, including the 2 tablespoons of butter, in a large pot. Cover and place over medium-high heat.

As soon as the mixture boils, remove the pan from the heat and mix in sauteed shallots. Pour into prepared pie dish, smooth and cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for about 15 minutes more, until the veggies are tender, the top browns and the sauce bubbles thickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Published in Hearty Sides
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