Jun 12, 2012

ranch kohlrabi fries with a spicy dipping sauce

 Kohlrabi?  I hadn't heard of it before last week either.

When I told my parents that we were getting kohlrabi in the first week's Fresh Fork bag, they got really excited.  Apparently, my mom used to eat it at home when she was young, and my dad's parents had it growing in their garden.  They both really liked kohlrabi, but hadn't had it in a while.  Upon hearing their rave reviews, I started to get excited about trying it.

So, I got my kohlrabi on Wednesday.  It's a funny light green bulb-shaped veggie that has long green stems with leaves growing out of the top of it.  I cut off the stems and stored the 2 kohlrabi in a covered bowl in the fridge.  And there they sat for a few days.

After doing some research, I came to find out that kohlrabi tastes a little like broccoli stems (which I love), but when cut up, it looks like a potato.  From there, I decided to try to make kohlrabi fries.  After they're peeled they resembled potatoes, so how bad could it possibly turn out?

Actually, these turned out great.  They were better than even I expected.  They're a little sweet and have a light taste of broccoli.  They work well with the salty ranch, sweet ketchup and spicy sriracha sauce.

This one is definitely a keeper.  Kohlrabi.  Who would have known?'

Ranch Kohlrabi Fries with a Spicy Dipping Sauce
Serves 3-4

  • 2 kohlrabi bulbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry ranch seasoning (more if you really like ranch)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce: 1 tsp sriracha chile sauce and 2 tbsp ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.  Peel the kohlrabi bulbs.  This is a little bit of a workout, but using a good knife (rather than a peeler) helps.  Cut each kohlrabi in half, lay it flat-side down, and slice it into 1/2" slices.  If the slices are too large, cut them in half, so they resemble fries.  Place the cut kohlrabi in a medium bowl that has a lid.  Add the olive oil and ranch seasoning, cover the bowl and shake it until all of the kohlrabi is coated.  Pour the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake 30-45 minutes, turning the fries over once halfway through.  When the fries are done, take them out and sprinkle them with salt and pepper, to taste.

Make a dipping sauce by combining the sriracha sauce and the ketchup (for more spice--add more sriracha sauce; for less spice--add more ketchup). Serve fries warm with the spicy dipping sauce.

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