Kohlrabi Fritters with Sour Cream Chive Sauce

Have you tried a kohlrabi? I cannot tell you how many friends have opened up their CSA box and quickly texted me a photo asking "What the heck is THIS?". Arguably one of the most daunting items found in your CSA box, the kohlrabi is in the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc.) Over the years I have embraced this funny-looking veggie and love it prepared a few ways. You can eat it many ways, raw, or cooked. Sliced in salads or slaws, roasted or added to stir-fry. This summer, I decided to try out fritters for the first time... My first batch was ok, but a little bland. Then this week, I decided to try to throw a few flavors together --chives from my CSA box and corn meal from a local farm -- and holy wow! They were amaaaazing!The hub loved the fritters and the sauce, oh, you will definitely need to make the sauce. Plus, I can confirm, they are delicious as leftovers!
Kohlrabi Fritters
2 medium kohlrabi, peeled and shredded (make sure to peel well, the skin is very tough and chewy)
1 large egg
1/2 cup corn meal
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3 tablespoons chives, chopped fine
salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper)
1/4 cup olive oil
Sour Cream-Chive Sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
juice from one lemon
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons chives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix together all ingredients for sauce, stir well and place in refrigerator.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for fritters, except olive oil.
3. Mixture will be slightly dry -- allow to rest for 5 minutes until it is moist and easy to form patties.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high (I used my electric griddle), add oil to pan.
5. Form small 3 inch patties with mixture and add to pan once oil is heated (you should hear a nice crackle when you add the patties to the oil).
6. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly golden brown.
7. Serve immediately, top with sauce as desired.
I served them with swordfish (the sauce was delicious with the fish, as well) and kale chips. They would also be fantastic on top of a salad! So please, next time you have the chance, try a kohlrabi and make these fritters, you will not regret it. Please let me know how you like them and what you served them with!
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