Monday, August 10, 2009

Foodie Fights Challenge

Foodie Fights Challenge: Ingredients - Kohlrabi and Rosemary

I wasn’t sure how to submit my recipe for this competition – since the final product cannot be tasted, it looks like the photo and recipe will be the main elements in the judging. I took a look at past challenges and noticed that many entries had the challenge ingredients being the accompaniment to the dish and not the star!

I decided to take the challenge literally - The main flavors in my submission will be the kohlrabi and rosemary – anything else is just used to bring out their flavor. The challenge for me is to concoct something interesting using two MAIN ingredients. Anything else in the recipe is their accompaniment - they will be the stars.

My recipe is Cold Kohlrabi Mousse.

This soft mousse has an extremely delicate taste with an undertone of rosemary for a great summer hors d'oeuvre. It’s pretty simple to make and although I generally shy away from using gelatin this turned very well.

Recipe for Cold Kohlrabi Mousse.
Serves 6

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt, ground white pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 cups boiled and mashed kohlrabi (use small kohlrabi as their taste is better)
1 cup heavy cream


In a medium sized bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the cold water. Add some boiling water to melt it. Let stay for a few minutes (or follow the instructions on your packet of gelatin!)
Whisk in the mayonnaise, salt, ground white pepper, chopped rosemary, and lemon juice.

Refrigerate the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes or until it begins to thicken lightly.

Whip the cream until thick and fluffy. Fold the mashed kohlrabi and then the cream into the gelatin mixture.
Transfer the mousse into individual molds and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours to set.

To Serve:
Put the ramekins in some warm water, then run a knife along the inside to loosen the mousse.

Turn upside down onto a serving plate.

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  1. wow! i never would have thought to make a mousse! i saw some recipes for using kohlrabi as a mashed potato substitute, but the mousse is a great idea.

  2. This is great, and original, idea! Sounds like a delicious appetizer too.

  3. A tip of the touque to your post! Hope you enjoyed the battle as much as I did.


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