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:
- Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Kohlrabi and Basil (Food & Wine magazine)
- Potato and Kohlrabi Gratin (Food & Wine magazine)
- Kohlrabi and Turnip Slaw (Whole Living)
- Sauteed Kale with Kohlrabi (Gourmet Magazine)
- Kohlrabi Slivers and Pea Shoots with Sesame Dressing (Epicurious)
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 and Almond Pesto (from Dorie Greenspan)
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.