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Kohlrabi Cracker – Your Next Book Club Appetizer

Uploaded: Apr 30, 2017

You’ve been hauling all day, and now it’s time for book club. Damn, the potluck, what to bring last minute?

I’ve got you covered baby, try Kohlrabi Cracker. Weird ol’, yummy kohlrabi just arrived at the farmers markets and no one knows what to do with it. Tackle the purple octopus and lead us into the future. Eat it raw, eat it cooked, or shave into a thin mint and top with whatever-the-hell you want.

Here’s some ideas…

Kohlrabi Cracker

1 kohlrabi, sliced into thins on a mandolin
Hummus of choice
Black kalamata olives
Dill garnish

Clean up the bulb, removing the octopus arms (dice fine to use) and leaves (best cooked) Don't peel the bulb, just trim the knobbies. Unpeeled leaves a purple rim around the thins. Slice and top with farmers market hummus, olives and herbs. Actually be creative and garnish with anything: cucumber, red pepper, lime corn, pinenut, etc. Top with muhamarra or baba ghanoush instead of hummus. Or both! Set up a bar of options of let guests DIY-it.



My new black, consumer friendly mandolin (in this picture) is from Whole Foods. I never use the expensive one in the box any longer. I can't even remember how to set it up. This hand-held size is terrific to just whip out when you need one. Cost about $20. Slivered veggies are satisfyingly crunchy and stimulating!





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 +   8 people like this
Posted by EU origin, a resident of Green Acres,
on May 1, 2017 at 11:57 am

This so funny to me that people don't know about kohlrabi here. I have always loved it, it has very pleasant taste.
I grew up with it in Europe, it was popular, common vegetable. We ate it mostly just alongside a slice of buttered bread (loaf from bakery), with kohlrabi cut up and peeled, or even by itself like an apple.


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Posted by EU origin, a resident of Green Acres,
on May 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

As to the picture above: while I understand that in most veggies and fruits most of the vitamins is under its peel, i think kohlrabi's peel is too tough and should be peeled beforehand.


 +   2 people like this
Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on May 2, 2017 at 6:55 am

EU Origin, from where? Well we just did this appy at the Moraga Farmers Market for a summer series I am doing with the California Farmers Market Association. Web Link The bulbs were about 3" in length, perfect size for a cracker (search for that if you do the app), and the skin was fine. If the bulb is older, it might be too tough, but when sliced thin - you can get away with anything!


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Posted by julia, a resident of Slater,
on Jun 9, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Thanks for sharing


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