Welcome to the inaugural installment of "WTF, CSA?" Each week this CSA season, we'll help you make use of your overflowing CSA baskets. You ask, we answer. That's how this works. Or rather, you shouted, "WTF?" into your CSA box and now we're going to tell what on earth to do with all that kohlrabi.
It's easy to see how kohlrabi could throw you off your game the first time you see it. It looks like someone teleported a vegetable from Mars right into your kitchen. But in truth, kohlrabi is incredibly versatile. Kohlrabi, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are all cousins, so you can expect that any flavor that goes nicely with one, will be lovely with the other.
After asking a formerly vegetarian friend what she likes to do with kohlrabi best, she said, "Honestly, just peel it, slice it, sprinkle it with salt and eat it raw." We love her style and hope you follow suit. You can basically treat kohlrabi, both the green and purple varieties, like a sweet, overgrown radish. Do be sure to remove all of the peel (which is really tough), unless you plan to cook it until it's soft.
Kohlrabi is a crispy, crunchy alien vegetable that you can prepare in more ways than we were able to catalogue. Here are some of our favorites:
<strong>Get the <a href="http://beckyintherootcellar.com/2011/05/24/fridge-pickled-kohlrabi-and-carrots/" target="_hplink">Fridge Pickled Kohlrabi and Carrots</a> recipe from The Root Cellar's Garden </strong><br><br> Full disclosure, we will probably find a recipe for you to pickle every single thing in your CSA box. That said, kohlrabi's crunchiness stands up to the pickling process particularly well, especially when they are cold from the fridge.
<strong>Get the <a href="Kohlrabi Fritters with Herbs" target="_hplink">Kohlrabi Fritters</a> recipe from My Conscious Eating </strong><br><br>It is really hard to not love a fritter. It gives you the double benefit of eating something fried (duh, yum), but also gives you the flavor of crispy caramelized bits of whatever your main ingredient is. The sugars in kohlrabi make these extra crunchy and delicious.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.food52.com/recipes/5129_fresh_mozzarella_and_roasted_kohlrabi_crostini_with_crispy_lemons_and_shallots" target="_hplink">Fresh Mozzarella and Roasted Kohlrabi Crostini with Crispy Lemons and Shallots</a> recipe from Food52 </strong><br><br> Want to fancy your kohlrabi up for an elegant dinner party? Don't put it in a dress, put it on a crostini!
<strong>Get the <a href="http://whatsforsupper-juno.blogspot.com/2009/05/carpaccio-of-kohlrabi-with-radishes-and.html" target="_hplink">'Carpaccio' of Kohlrabi with Radishes and Blue Cheese</a> recipe from Scrumptious </strong><br><br> When we hear the word carpaccio, we usually think of very rare beef, but we love to use vegetables like kohlrabi in its place for a quick, different spin on salad.
<strong>Get the <a href="https://veghotpot.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/kohlrabi-ceviche-virtual-vegan-potluck/" target="_hplink">Kohlrabi, Radish and Carrot 'Ceviche'</a> recipe from VegHotPot </strong><br><br> Again, ceviche is usually fish or shellfish, cooked with only the acidity of the other ingredients involved. We love the idea of softening crispy kohlrabi in the same way. As an added bonus, you now have a ceviche in your repertoire that you can serve your vegan friends.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Saveur-100-2011-Butter-Braised-Kohlrabi" target="_hplink">Butter-Braised Kohlrabi</a> recipe from Saveur </strong><br><br> Because you cook the skin down in the butter braise, you can skip a prepping step and leave the peel on for this cozy dish.
Or get fancy and <a href="http://vimeo.com/15308900" target="_hplink">carve some kohlrabi roses</a>. Just make sure you eat them afterward -- we'd hate for these delicious little aliens to go to waste.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaymeeSireCSN"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JaymeeSireCSN">JaymeeSireCSN</a>:<br />Try eating kohlrabi raw in <a href="http://eisforeat.blogspot.com/2012/06/k-is-for-kohlrabi-salad-shaved-with.html" target="_hplink">this gorgeous salad</a>!