Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Co-op Cookin’: Kohlrabi “Kohl” Slaw


Kohlrabi is a weird bit of earth’s wonder.  I had no idea how I would use it when I first spied the Sputnik shaped globes in my share.  Whenever I don’t know much about a veggie in the box that week, I spend a little time Googling around the intertubes for ideas, but could not find anything that quite struck my fancy this time.

I like cold sides in the summer, so I decided to see what would happen if I subbed shredded kohlrabi for cabbage—and it worked nicely!  Since kohlrabi smells a little peppery, it seemed to need sweetness for balance.  Being much the same texture and as moist as an apple, I figured that would fit the need, then I threw in a few radishes for color and, um… ‘cause I have a lot of radishes.  :)  The dressing is my basic recipe I use frequently—a ‘go-to’ quickie.

My husband and I loved it, and my eldest tolerated it.  She likes ‘normal’ slaw more.  I’ve made this twice, once with a fuji apple I had on hand, and another time with a tart granny smith.  I think, were I buying an apple specifically for the slaw, I’d go with tart, but I’m a use what I have kinda chick who says either is a-okay.

Kohlrabi Slaw

3-4 average sized kohlrabi, peeled and halved
3-4 medium carrots, peeled
1 apple, cored and quartered, peeled if desired
2-4 radishes, optional
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 packet splenda, or 2 tsp sugar
3 dashes hot sauce (I like Tapatio)
pinch celery seed
1 tsp milk, if needed, to thin
Salt and Pepper to taste

Prep: Ideally, use the grater of a food processor to julienne the kohlrabi, carrots, apple, and radishes, or get a nice workout with a hand grater—either way, grate it all, and place in a large bowl.  Mix remaining ingredients in a smaller bowl, then add to vegetable mixture and combine well.  Can be made ahead and chilled until time to serve.


Ella said...

We learned of kohlrabi while living in Germany. It's also great raw, peeled & sliced topped with either a dash of salt or a thin layer of mayo.

We'll have to try your recipe out soon, sounds especially yummy!

Kristianna said...

I have more, so I will have to try out that. :) Thanks, Ella!


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