Kohlrabi… a recipe

Wait… how did I get Mr. Wonderful to eat this? How do I prepare this? Why is there a pen in the picture?

I can answer two of those three questions. I do not know where that pen came from or where it has gone.

This is Kohlrabi. It is a scary looking vegetable that appears to have come from some Star Trek world. Of course I did things in my usual manner and did absolutely no research on how to prepare this… or what to do with it… so I got a big chopping knife… because it looks like it needs a haircut. Do not throw away the leaves though (unless they are super gross looking… but then don’t buy the kohlrabi as it might be gross too) they are edible and going into this recipe.

First notice that I have garlic salt and butt rub spices on my counter and no pen… then notice that the kohlrabi has become even more weird after the haircut.

At this point I have pulled out a paring knife and I am standing there with a chopping knife still in the other hand. I decide it would be easier to work with in halves. Big knife wins out.

Wait… that looks like the inside of broccoli stems. It does. It also smells like broccoli. Please put a confused look on your face.

In this picture I have removed the rind (peel?) off of the outside of the kohlrabi with the large chopping knife. The rind is very fibrous and you don’t really want to eat it. It does not cook down to a softer consistency either… just get rid of the rind. After this picture was taken I switched to using a paring knife and peeling it like a potato. It is a thicker skin though… much thicker… maybe I need a vegetable peeler for next time. I also forgot to keep taking pictures. Lose the remainder of the hair when you peel it. You will end up with a tear dropped shaped broccoli looking stem thing. And some greens.

Chop the kohlrabi into 1/4″ to 1/2″ cubes and place in a bowl. Go ahead… taste a little piece. It tastes a little like a broccoli stem… but not. Forget about the confusion for the moment, you have to deal with the greens now.

Roughly chop the greens and stems. Wash them and put into a salad spinner. After it is spun you can put it in a bowl or in the freezer. I put mine in a gallon size bag and then into the freezer. I have no counter space really.

Find a pan and put in it your kohlrabi and half a stick of butter. Start cooking the kohlrabi on medium. Put in half a bag of frozen chopped onions. Sliced onions would work better, but I didn’t have any on hand.

Cook on medium until the kohlrabi is fork tender in the center and add in your greens. The greens are really bitter raw. Do not try them now or they will scare you… unless you like bitter greens and then go for it. Pour in 3/4 cup of heavy cream and let simmer until the greens are wilted. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When finished you will have a pan filled with greens that taste fabulous, vegetable chunks that taste like broccoli mated with potatoes and some onions.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Kohlrabi (bulbs?) with attached greens
  • Half a bag of chopped/sliced onions or approximately a cup and a half of fresh onions
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • Half a stick of butter
  • Salt and pepper

You serve this to Mr. Wonderful though without adding something else to the plate. Trust me… he’ll just look at you confused.

My favorite easy way to make chicken.

  1. First have Mr. Wonderful chop up a chicken breast into bite sized pieces (in the future I will do two chicken breasts if he is looking hungry).
  2. Melt 1/4 of a stick of butter in a pan that is heated to the point in-between medium and high.
  3. Put chicken in pan and let it cook for a minute or so.
  4. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Once the butter is mostly gone and you have browning showing on the bottom of the pan, pour in 1/4 cup of heavy cream. With a rubber spoon, scrape the browning off the bottom of the pan and stir the chicken.
  6. Continue to cook until the cream is mostly gone and then add in an additional 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup water.
  7. When the sauce has thickened back up it is done.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 chicken breast(s)
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • Thyme, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup water

 

Both the chicken and the kohlrabi are Mr. Wonderful approved. Go ahead and give it a try!

~Emme

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