Roast Kohlrabi with Romesco Sauce

roasted kohlrabi with romesco sauce
Romesco sauce is a wonderful accompaniment to a lot of foods. While I didn't have any nyora (traditional dried red peppers) to make a strict Romesco, substituting red bell pepper with some smoked paprika will work in a pinch. To the red pepper all you need are some almonds, garlic, olive oil, and salt. A very simple sauce, for a very simple vegetable: kohlrabi.

2 kohlrabi, bulbs only
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup almonds, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Peel and chop kohlrabi into one inch chunks.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in an oven proof pan on the stove. When the oil is shimmering, add kohlrabi. Toss carefully to coat the kohlrabi in the oil and put into oven. Roast for about 25-30 minutes. Check frequently to make sure the kohlrabi isn't burning and stir to allow for even browning.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on the stove over medium-low heat. Add smoked paprika and garlic and gently cook for a few minutes. Add red bell pepper and almonds and cook until the bell pepper is just done. Remove from heat and place in a food processor. To the mixture add red wine vinegar. Carefully process the mixture until just smooth. Some chunks are okay, but nothing too big. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with kohlrabi garnished with parsley.


Anonymous said...

ooh - this looks so so good.

Jesse said...

What a fantastic combination! Thanks for the new idea!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I've never tried kohlrabi before, but this romesco sauce is inspiring me to pick this vegetable up. The dish looks great!

The Messy Baker said...

I have been wondering what to do with the kohlrabi my neighbour gave me. Now I know. Thanks for the great recipe suggestion.

Kasey said...

Just came across your blog--really loving the idea. I just bought kohlrabi for the first time--roasting it with some carrots, but def. trying your recipe next time!

Kristen said...

This was pretty good, but I wonder -- did your version have tomatoes in the sauce that aren't mentioned in the recipe? When I made this, my romesco came out as more of a nut paste than a sauce. I will definitely play around with the recipe though!

Landly said...

My stomach is agreeing with Kristen. I long to add tomato and to leave out the almonds. BUT. Thankyou for inspiring ideas in this dish, and it will make me go hunting for kohl rabi.

Anonymous said...

added 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained. great recipe!