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Recipe Ideas: Kohlrabi and Garlic Scapes

Portrait of a Kolhrabi in Dirt
Photo via Sumana Chatergee

Kohlrabi and garlic scapes are two of the most exotic items in this year's shares so far.  If you're struggling with ideas for how to use them, here's a round-up of some great recipes.

If you've done something that you particularly liked using these two ingredients, please share in the comments!  


Kohlrabi conjures ideas of salads and slaws.  The bulb can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked -- cut into strips, it can be boiled, steamed or roasted. The tops can be used as you would kale. Here are a few ideas other than just tossing kohlrabi into salads:

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are excellent toss-ins for salads and stir fries. If you're using them in a salad, you may want to saute them briefly in butter or oil first, in order to mellow their sharp flavor a bit. Another idea for using scapes is to make a garlic scape pesto. Most recipes for garlic scape pesto substitute scapes for basil and nuts for pine nuts.  Here are two recipes:

Garlic scape pesto is excellent as an accompaniment for meat or fish.  You can also dilute it to make a potent vinaigrette, or even use it as a mix-in for eggs. It can be substituted for regular pesto in just about any recipe. 


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We made garlic scape butter last night. Yum!


I've never had kohlrabi before, but gave it a try when it came in my CSA box. To me it seemed like a cross between the texture of tender broccoli stems and the taste of cauliflower. I simply cut it in half and then into 1/4-inch slices, tossed it with olive oil, salt & pepper, and spread them on a baking sheet and baked for ~15 minutes @ 450F (flipping once). I then sprinkled parmasen cheese on them and baked for 5 more minutes. A simple and interesting side dish!


From the Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats:

7 Things To Do with Garlic Scapes


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