Wednesday, February 26, 2014

kohlrabi carrot fritters with avocado yogurt


Last week we had a bunch of kohlrabi in our CSA share, which made me happy because I love getting surprised with veggies I don't normally seek out. I'd never eaten it any other way except as a raw salad, and I know my husband well enough to know he probably wouldn't be down with that for lunch. No big. He loves any and every veggie in fritter form (who doesn't?).

These were so light, crispy, and flavorful! The kicker is, of course, that yummy avocado yogurt on top. The recipe below will give you some extra for another use... or eating with a spoon.

Kohlrabi Carrot Fritters with Avocado Yogurt (slightly adapted from A Couple Cooks)
makes 4 large fritters

you'll need:
2 kohlrabi
1 carrot
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 scallion, sliced, for garnish

Cut the leaves off of the kohlrabi and peel the bulb. Peel the carrot. Use a food processor or grater to shred the vegetables. Squeeze in a tea cloth or paper towel to get rid of excess moisture. In a large bowl, stir vegetables, egg, salt, and cayenne together.

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet, swirling to coat, over medium-high heat. Use your hands to form balls of the fritter mixture and place in the skillet. Make sure not to crowd them (I fried 2 at a time). Cook until browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes each. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. (Fritters can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven if making ahead.)

To make the avocado sauce: blend avocado, yogurt, lemon juice, and salt in a blender or food processor.

Serve fritters warm and garnished with avocado yogurt and scallions.

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26 comments:

  1. Okay...I did not know what kohlrabi was until now and I'll be keeping an eye out for it now. Can't wait for the farmer's market to start in May. Thanks for introducing me to this and for this unusual recipe. It looks wonderful and that sauce could go with so many things. Have a great week, Marie!

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    1. I bet your farmer's market will have it! Hope you get to try it!

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  2. Wow Marie, these are gorgeous. I adore fritters in all shapes and sizes and that mayo looks like a gift from above. You've convinced me to go find some kohlrabi!

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    1. :) Thanks so much, Maria! Anything topped with that avocado is good with me!

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  3. Not going to lie, I might have had to Google kohlrabi. I think I might have seen it mentioned once or twice in Plenty? Either way I need to make these fritters ASAP!

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    1. It's not something I would have ever sought out, but that's what made it so fun to try! I bet you can find some in Houston for sure!

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  4. So creative.. a co-worker brought me some kohlrabi once and I just had no clue what to do with it.. I must try these fritters.

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    1. Girl, I cannot even talk to you about creative after seeing those beignets... unbelievable!!!

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  5. Delightful idea for kohlrabi! Love this, thanks for sharing!

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  6. I definitely just had to Google "kohlrabi" haha! I've never even heard of it before!

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  7. These look so yummy! Evidently it grows well in TX, because I see it all the time at the Farmer's Market. It's part of the broccoli family, so anything you can do with broccoli, you can do with kohlrabi! It makes a super soup!

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  8. i have never tried kohlrabi before but you just inspired me!

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  9. LOVE avocados! This avocado yogurt sounds awesome! Pinned :)

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  10. This looks fantastic! I have been meaning to go buy some avocados, and here's the perfect excuse! Delicious!

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    1. There is always an excuse to buy more avocados!! Thanks, Cathleen!

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  11. one of the perks of a CSA is definitely getting veggies/fruits that you wouldn't normally venture out and buy yourself! I've only had kohlrabi a handful of times but I am definitely intrigued by it in these fritters! They are so beautifully colorful!

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  12. We usually get kohlrabi in our CSA as well, and I never quite know what to do with it. This is a great idea to turn them into fritters!

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    1. I hope you'll give it a try - we loved these!!

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  13. I've never heard of kohlrabi - these fritters are fun!

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