This recipe was adapted from The New Dr. Price Cookbook, by Anonymous (1921).
A new twist on mashed potatoes — what to do with that crazy kohlrabi? Well, if it’s the 1920s, you boil it, mash it, and salt it. According to this recipe from the New Dr. Price Cookbook, “As turnips and potatoes are often boiled and then mashed, so kohlrabi makes a very appetizing dish when prepared in this way.”
Though we’re currently not in kohlrabi season here in Denver, I was able to pick one up at my local awesome organic store. And in the process, I learned that kohlrabi comes in both green and purple varieties. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, just choose one large enough to make a big old pile of mashed kohlrabi to go with your meal. The one I bought happened to be purple and had no greens. If you get one with greens, chop those babies off and use them to make my husband’s Beans & Greens recipe.
Your prep time may be significantly shorter than mine because 1) I don’t have a masher and 2) I don’t have a shredder. Normally, I’d dice the kohlrabi, then boil it and mash it. But sans masher, I chose the shred and boil route. Minus a shredder, I had to chop the kohlrabi ever-so-finely. Oy. Ain’t nothin never easy. But hey, I’m sure this was still one heck of a lot easier than trying to accomplish this on the frontier in the 1920s. So — on to the recipe!
- Prep Time: 30 min (though your may be less)
- Cook Time: 30-40 min
- Serves: depends on how big the kohlrabi is
What You Need
- a big ol’ kohlrabi
- coconut or almond milk as needed
- a little olive oil or butter
- salt & pepper to taste
What You Do
- Cut the top and bottom off of the kohlrabi.
- Peel it with a peeler.
- Dice it.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Toss the kolhrabi into the boiling water and let it boil for 30 minutes or until the kohlrabi is soft enough to mash well.
- Drain off the water and mash with a wooden or a wire potato masher. Or use a blender to make is super smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 tablespoonful of butter for each pint of cooked vegetable.
- If you need to add a little liquid, add in some milk.
- Serve hot.