Recipe by Jennifer McGavin, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table
Yields 4 servings
Prep & cook time: 30 mins
This simple side dish may complement salt potatoes, rice, fried eggs, or even a pan-fried schnitzel. The author also recommends serving alongside breaded, pan-fried fish.
*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market
● 3 to 4 fresh kohlrabi*
● 2 cups broth or salted water
● 1 1/2 tablespoons butter*
● 2 tablespoons flour
● Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
● Salt to taste
● Garnish: parsley*
Parboil the Kohlrabi
- Cut away the kohlrabi’s outer skin, being sure to remove any woody or stringy parts, just under the surface. If the bulb is young, you will not have to cut as deep as if it is old. If possible, save some of the inner, tender leaves for garnish.
- Cut the bulb into thick slices with a large knife, then into strips or cubes, as you like.
- Heat the vegetable broth or salted water to boiling, then add the kohlrabi, reduce the heat and cook the vegetables until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain, reserving broth, and set aside.
Make a White Sauce or “die Mehlschwitze”
- Melt butter in a pan and stir in the flour. For a gluten-free sauce, use gluten-free flour, such as rice flour, brown rice flour or sorghum flour, all of which thicken just fine.
- Cook the flour in the butter over medium heat for several minutes, stirring constantly.
- Little by little add the saved broth or cooking water. Stir after each addition until smooth, then bring it back to bubbling. Add enough of the broth to make a velvety sauce, about 1 to 2 cups.
- Season to taste with freshly grated nutmeg and salt.
- Stir in the cooked kohlrabi and heat through.
- Chop the reserved leaves and some parsley and sprinkle on top of the vegetables for a little color and a nice presentation. Enjoy!