Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grilled Kohlrabi Leaf Chips on a Stick

Kohlrabi leaves, massaged with oil and seasoned with salt then grilled until crispy. You can eat these.

If you like kale chips and you've got kohlrabi, you should like this.

I'd been thinking that kohlrabi leaves could be grilled and eaten like a kale chip and I tested the concept last week. It works. Don't eat the 'stick'.
Yes, I also grilled the kohlrabi chunks. This bowl made quick work of the leaves.

I feel like that's a no-brainer, but my spouse missed the pre-dinner briefing [why yes, we are a military family, why do you ask?] and manfully chewed through his kohlrabi stems before I noticed.

Don't do like he did. Compost the stem instead. Or feed it to the dog. He may puke it out later.

Just nibble on the leaves while holding onto the stem.

It's like when you're at a summer festival in Japan and you get squid on a stick.
Manfully chew through the squid and leave the stick uneaten.
Don't ask me how I know.

Perhaps obesity in America would be helped by replacing chocolate-covered deep-fried twinkies on a stick with . . . squid. Or kohlrabi.

Grilled Kohlrabi Leaf Chips on a Stick

up to 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
as many whole kohlrabi leaves as you'd like
salt (I use kosher)

In a wide bowl place a small amount of vegetable oil. Lay a kohlrabi leaf in the bowl and use your hand to flatten out the wrinkles and ridges of the leaf. Move the leaf around in the oil, pressing up the sides of the bowl to full coat the leaf in oil. Flip the leaf over and repeat on the other side. Set the leaf on a tray, or cutting board, or other mobile washable horizontal surface. Repeat with next leaf, adding additional oil to the bowl as necessary. Once all leaves are coated with a thin film of oil, sprinkle them with salt. 
Preheat grill on high for 10 minutes, then scrub the grates with a grill brush to clean and reduce heat to medium. That's seconds with the hand test and around 325 on the thermometer of my grill cover.
Lay leaves, salt side down, on the grill. Close the cover and grill for about a minute or so. Lift the lid, flip the leaves, close the cover and grill for another minute or so. Remove from grill and eat.

Just don't eat the 'stick'.

For other recipes involving kohlrabi, please see my Kohlrabi Recipes Collection, part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient. For still more ideas, check out my Pinterest boards. For yet more ideas, please visit my FB page. Ideas are important to me. Want to know how to use this blog? Click here.

1 comment:

  1. I would have eaten the stick. I'm glad you mentioned it. :)

    I typically toss my kohlrabi leaves directly into the compost bin so I'll give these a try for sure.